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Gadhafi seeks safety guarantees before surrendering power of Libya

Artists adorn a wall Tuesday near the airport in rebel-held Benghazi, Libya. Their mural depicts the different tribes in Libya and the Arabic sign reads: “We demand freedom.”

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Artists adorn a wall Tuesday near the airport in rebel-held Benghazi, Libya. Their mural depicts the different tribes in Libya and the Arabic sign reads: “We demand freedom.”

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi will have to receive security guarantees to relinquish his four decades of rule over the North African nation, Mikhail Margelov, Russia's envoy for negotiating Gadhafi's departure, said Tuesday.

"Gadhafi will be interested in getting guarantees about his personal security," Margelov said in a phone interview from Harare, Zimbabwe, on Tuesday after holding talks with that country's President Robert Mugabe.

Gadhafi is willing to surrender power in exchange for security guarantees, Moscow-based Kommersant reported Tuesday, citing unidentified high-level Russian officials. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, South African President Jacob Zuma and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen met in Sochi, a Russian resort, on Monday to discuss an African Union plan to end the conflict, Kommersant reported.

Countries including France have signaled they may meet Gadhafi's conditions by unfreezing his assets and providing immunity from the United Nations war tribunal in The Hague if he cedes power peacefully, Kommersant reported.

Senate puts off Libya vote: U.S. Senate Democratic leaders abandoned plans for a test vote Tuesday on authorizing the U.S. military operation against Libya as Republicans insisted they should focus on government spending and the nation's borrowing limit. The change in plans was announced just hours before the scheduled vote Tuesday, leaving the fate of the resolution in doubt. The House has already rejected the operation, saying President Barack Obama must first seek authorization from Congress.

11 killed in Syria: Syrian security forces and gunmen loyal to the regime shot dead 11 people Tuesday as residents erected roadblocks to prevent the advance of tanks ringing the city of Hama, which has become a flash point of the uprising against autocratic President Bashar Assad, said Rami Abdul-Rahman, the London-based director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

40 militants killed, Yemen says: At least 40 militants linked to al-Qaida have been killed in two days of airstrikes and clashes with government forces, Yemen's state news agency said Tuesday. The report said the government attacks began after militants tried to storm a military camp in the southern province of Abyan, where Islamist fighters have seized control of several towns.

This report contains information from Associated Press and Bloomberg News.

Gadhafi seeks safety guarantees before surrendering power of Libya 07/05/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 10:36pm]
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