Libya's government said Tuesday it is ready to negotiate reforms but only provided Moamer Kadhafi is not forced out, as loyalists troops pushed rebel fighters back from the key oil port of Brega.
ATO-led air strikes have destroyed 30 percent of the regime's military capacity since the UN-backed bombing campaign started on March 19, an alliance commander said, even as the rebels suffered their first significant loss of territory in almost a week.
he rebels said they feared further "setbacks" but vowed to fight on and did not fault the apparent lack of NATO air strikes against loyalist forces around Brega.
he rebels were buoyed by the docking in the port of Tobruk of a one-million-barrel supertanker which was expected to load their first oil export shipment on Wednesday.
Government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim told journalists in Tripoli that everything except the departure of Kadhafi was negotiable, saying he was a unifying figure after ruling the nation for four decades.
"What kind of political system is implemented in the country? This is negotiable, we can talk about it," Ibrahim said. "We can have anything, elections, referendums."
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
For Immediate Release April 6, 2011
NOTICE TO THE PRESS
Secretary Clinton to Release Annual Human Rights Report on April 8Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner will release the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2010 on Friday, April 8 in the Press Briefing Room of the U.S. Department of State. The start time will be forthcoming in the public schedule.
The remarks will be open to credentialed members of the media. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, commonly known as the Human Rights Report, covers the legal status of human rights in more than 190 countries and territories around the world.
Embargoed copies of the 2010 Human Rights Report will be available online before the Secretary’s press briefing. Information on how and when to access the report will be forthcoming from the Department of State’s Press Relations Office. The report will be embargoed until the start of the briefing.