Last updated: 3 August, 2011

Libya rebels in talks with Kadhafi regime

Libya’s rebels have for weeks been holding talks with former senior figures from the regime of strongman Moamer Kadhafi in Tripoli, a French writer and supporter of the rebels said Wednesday.

“There have for weeks been political negotiations between the NTC (the rebel National Transitional Council) and the people in Tripoli who have no blood on their hands,” Bernard-Henri Levy told Europe 1 radio.

He said the people the rebels were talking to were “former Kadhafi lieutenants, technocrats, people who know how to run a state.”

Levy helped engineer France’s pathbreaking recognition of Libya’s fledgling rebel authority, a major impetus for the coalition then gathering to back its struggle to overthrow Kadhafi.

The rebels, who control the east of the country, have frequently denied having had any direct negotiations with Tripoli.