31 May 2011

South African leader in Libya peace mission

2:41 pm on 31 May 2011

South African president Jacob Zuma has held talks in Tripoli to try to find a diplomatic solution to the country's civil war.

On his second visit since April, Mr Zuma held talks with Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, but there is no word yet on what he discussed with Colonel Gaddafi.

However a spokesman said his main objective was a ceasefire and denied he would discuss exit strategies with the Libyan leader, the BBC reports.


The Libyan government has said there is no prospect of him stepping down.

Mr Zuma's party, the African National Congress, has condemned NATO air strikes in Libya, which the military alliance says are being carried out to protect civilians.

International pressure on Colonel Gaddafi continues to grow, with the G8 calling for his departure on Friday and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev saying on Saturday he no longer had the right to lead Libya.

NATO imposed a no-fly zone in Libya and began bombing Colonel Gaddafi's forces in March as they threatened to overrun rebel-held parts of the country, a month after nationwide anti-government protests began.