Libyan rebel leaders to hold talks with NATO Council
Belgium: Libyan rebel leaders for the first time will hold
talks with NATO’s 28-nation North Atlantic Council on July 13 to present
their plans for democratic transition, the organisation’s chief said
Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the rebel forces were
making progress in their battle against Moamer Kadhafi’s troops while
the Libyan leader’s “plans to retake country by force have fallen
NATO’s air war, meanwhile, has damaged or destroyed more than 2,700
military targets since March 31, including 600 tanks and artillery
pieces and 800 ammunition stores, he said.
On the diplomatic front, a delegation led by Mahmud Jibril of the
Benghazi-based National Transitional Council (NTC) will hold informal
talks with the NATO’s decision-making council in Brussels on July 13.
“The goal of this meeting is to exchange points of view,” Rasmussen
said. “The NTC has drafted a roadmap and it is important for the NATO
Council to discuss this subject with Mr Jibril.”
Ramussen will also hold a bilateral meeting with Jibril the same day.
The rebel delegation is also expected to meet in Brussels next week
with European Union president Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission
president Jose Manuel Barroso. While the 27-nation EU has opened a
mission in Benghazi, NATO does not have an office there.
Rasmussen has met NTC officials at meetings abroad of the
international contact group on Libya. AFP