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“You are not making peace if you are making impossible demands,” spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said.

“It’s a trick, it’s a trick. I could say to the rebels, ‘I offer you peace — get out of Benghazi on a ship. This is my condition.’ You can’t do that.”

Opposition sources said Seif Gadhafi destroyed any legitimacy he might have had when he delivered a speech in February denouncing the uprising against his father. He declared that the rebels will die in “rivers of blood.”

Seif has already shown his real face when he delivered his speech telling Libyans either we rule you or we kill you,” said Mr. Aujali, who had long served as a top diplomat to Col. Gadhafi.

Rashid Bseikri, a U.S.-based member of the Libyan opposition who is close to members of the provisional government in Benghazi, said the council had “turned down the plan on the basis that neither Gadhafi nor his immediate circle is acceptable to them.”

“The decision of the council is firm. This cannot even be the starting point for a negotiation,” he added.

Meanwhile, Britain said on Sunday that it has sent a team of diplomats to Libya to meet with rebel leaders in Benghazi.

The delegation, which arrived in Libya on Saturday, is headed by Christopher Prentice, Britain’s ambassador to Italy.

“It will build on the work of the previous team and seek to establish further information about the Interim National Council, its aims and more broadly what is happening in Libya,” the foreign office said in London.

In Libya Sunday, Col. Gadhafi’s forces continued pounding Misurata, the only rebel-held city in the western part of the nation. The city has been under siege for more than 40 days.

In Misurata, pro-Gadhafi forces were entrenched deep inside the city, but rebels claimed they were still in control.

The rebels have identified as many as 10 targets for international airstrikes inside Misurata where they say pro-Gadhafi forces are based. These include a large marketplace outside the city, a youth hostel, a sports facility, a central hospital that is under renovation and a fruit-and-vegetable market inside the city.

They said civilians have abandoned these sites.

“We are sure that it is almost 100 percent safe to hit those targets that we have identified,” Mohamed, a rebel spokesman in Misurata whose full name has been withheld out of concern for his safety, told The Times.

Snipers loyal to the regime continued to pick off targets from their vantage points atop buildings.

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Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.

Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.

 

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