AU Plan for Libya at Impasse

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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African leaders trying to bring an end to fighting in Libya are stuck on what to do about Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Leaders from South Africa, Mauritania, Uganda, Mali and the Republic of Congo say they have a plan that calls for a cease-fire between the government and rebel forces, and a transition to democratic elections. But the Transitional National Council, which represents the rebels, has balked at the plan because it does not call for Mr. Gadhafi to step down immediately.

African Union leaders have been hesitant to call for Mr. Gadhafi's resignation and have criticized the International Criminal Court for issuing arrest warrants against the Libyan leader and his son. They have also been critical of NATO airstrikes against government forces.

The AU talks on Libya have been the focus of a two-day summit in Equatorial Guinea that ends Friday.

Representatives of both the rebels and Mr. Gadhafi's government are attending the summit.

On Thursday, the current head of the African Union opened the summit by calling for less foreign intervention in African affairs.

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema said foreign moves to defend human rights in Africa have only deepened problems on the continent.

Mr. Obiang also said the AU is suffering financially and needs to find its own funding to stop outsiders from having to step in.