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“As long as bloodshed continues, the more difficult it will be to build a national reconciliation process after the civil war,” Mr. Margelov told reporters Tuesday.

Mr. Margelov left Benghazi for Cairo, the Interfax news agency reported, adding that the rebels said they supported Russia’s mediation with Tripoli. The envoy did not, however, have plans to go to Tripoli.

Russia, along with China, abstained in the U.N. Security Council vote authorizing the use of force against Libyan government loyalists and repeatedly has criticized the NATO bombing campaign in support of the rebels.

The revolt against Col. Gadhafi followed popular uprisings that overturned the longtime rulers of Tunisia and Egypt. A coalition of rebels seized control of much of eastern Libya and set up an administration based in the eastern city of Benghazi. As the conflict escalated, it grew beyond an insurrection by a small group and now has evolved into a civil war. The rebels, led by the National Transitional Council, are well in control of nearly a third of the inhabitable part of Libya.

Associated Press writer Hadeel Al-Shalchi in Benghazi and Gillian Wong in Beijing contributed to this report.