The two leaders held lengthy discussions at the Libyan leader’s home in Tripoli, where President Zuma reiterated the African Union peace plan, especially the need for a ceasefire on all sides to enable a political dialogue amongst the Libyan people to begin.
According to the South African government’s website “Col Gaddafi reiterated his agreement to a ceasefire and a dialogue of the Libyan people to find a political solution. He expressed his anger at the NATO bombings, which have claimed the lives of his son and grandchildren and continue to cause a destruction of property and disruption of life. Col Gaddafi called for an end to the bombings to enable a Libyan dialogue. He emphasised that he was not prepared to leave his country, despite the difficulties.”
President Zuma was taken on a tour to see the destruction caused by the bombings and the deepening humanitarian crisis. (It appears that Col Gaddafi failed to mention any role he may have played in this humanitarian crisis.)
President Zuma said: “We call on all leaders in Libya to exercise decisive leadership to find a solution to the crisis in the country, and to put the interests of their country first. Nothing other than a dialogue among all parties in Libya can bring about a lasting solution. We will also
reiterate the AU call for the NATO and other parties to respect the AU’s role in searching for a solution in the matter.”
During his visit, President Zuma also took the opportunity to discuss the issue of missing South African-Austrian photographer Anton Hammerl with Libyan leader Col Muammar Gadaffi and Libyan Prime Minister in Tripoli, and that the authorities undertook to assist in finding the
remains. Source: MediaClubSouthAfrica http://www.mediaclubsouthafrica.com/