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The second plan, carried by Mr. Obeidi and outlined to Greek officials Sunday, would divide the country, with rebels controlling the east and Col. Gadhafi’s sons ruling in the west.

“We are trying to find a mutual solution,” Mr. Obeidi said in a British radio interview last week.

The Times reported late last month that aides close to Col. Gadhafi had urged him to divide the country and consolidate control over western Libya by crushing the resistance in Misurata, the last remaining rebel-held city in the west.

Greece’s deputy foreign minister told The Times on Monday that his country will present a peace initiative for Libya’s civil conflict “in the next day or two.”

“We require a transition from the current regime,” Dimitris Dollis said in a phone interview from Athens. “We also require political reforms.”

Mr. Dollis said that Prime Minister George Papandreou “has been talking to his colleagues” about the Libyan crisis and is “talking to other governments about what we consider to be a way forward.”

Mr. Obeidi traveled to Ankara on Monday, and Turkish officials said they were trying to broker a cease-fire in Libya. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news conference that his country would “continue to do its best to end the sufferings and to contribute to the process of making a road map that includes the political demands of Libyan people.”

Mr. Lamen of the American Libyan Council said the regime may be trying to send a signal to the rebels by dispatching Mr. Obeidi, who belongs to the largest tribe in the east, to Europe.

Mr. Obeidi could become a go-between for the regime and the rebels, he said.

Mr. Obeidi is expected to travel to Malta on Tuesday.

In Tripoli, a Gadhafi spokesman said Libya is ready to hold elections and reform its political system but only its own people can decide whether Col. Gadhafi remains in charge, Reuters news agency reported.

“We could have any political system, any changes: constitution, election, anything, but the leader has to lead this forward. This is our belief,” said Mussa Ibrahim, when asked about the content of negotiations with the West.

He said no conditions could be imposed on Libya from abroad, even though the country was ready to discuss proposals aimed at bringing more democracy, transparency, press freedom and anti-corruption laws, Reuters reported.

In Rome, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini met with rebel envoy Ali Al Issawi and dismissed Mr. Obeidi’s proposal as “not credible.”

Italy on Monday became the second European nation after France to give diplomatic recognition to the rebel provisional government. Qatar is the only Arab nation to recognize the rebels, but Kuwait is expected to establish ties with the resistance soon.

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