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South African president :Qaddafi ready for truce

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In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Libya's Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi, front right, welcomes South African President Jacob Zuma, front left, upon his arrival in Tripoli, Libya, Monday, May 30, 2011. In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Libya's Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi, front right, welcomes South African President Jacob Zuma, front left, upon his arrival in Tripoli, Libya, Monday, May 30, 2011.

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — South Africa's president says Muammar Qaddafi is ready for a truce to stop the fighting in his country.

Jacob Zuma, after meeting with the Libyan ruler in Tripoli on Sunday, says Qaddafi is ready to accept an African Union initiative for a cease-fire that would stop all hostilities, including NATO airstrikes in support of rebel forces. But Qaddafi laid out familiar conditions that have scuttled previous cease-fire efforts. Zuma says Qaddafi insists that "all Libyan be given a chance to talk among themselves" to determine the country's future. And Zuma did not say Qaddafi is ready to step down, which is the central demand of the rebels.

In Rome Monday, an indication that Qaddafi's regime is losing support came from eight top Libyan army officers, including five generals, who defected from Qaddafi's military. They appealed to their fellow officers to join the revolt.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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