France: Gadhafi Wants Out

France confirms that it's had contact from Libyan 'emmisaries'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2011 8:38 AM CDT
In this March 8, 2011 file photo, Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi arrives at a hotel to give television interviews in Tripoli, Libya.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

(Newser) – Moammar Gadhafi indeed wants out of Libya—so say his emissaries, so says France. “Emissaries are telling us Gadhafi is ready to go, let’s talk about it,” said French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, according to Reuters. “The question is no longer about whether Gadhafi goes, but when and how.” He declined to name the emissaries, but did say France wasn’t the only country approached.

“Everybody is in contact with everybody. The Libyan regime is sending messengers everywhere, to Turkey, New York, Paris,” Juppe said in a radio interview, though he cautioned that “it’s not a negotiation proper at this stage.” Italy’s foreign minister has also called for a deal. “We are convinced that the Libyan crisis requires a political solution” with “Gadhafi, who lacks all legitimacy, leaving the stage,” he said.

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