Reporting from Tripoli — A top-ranking rebel government official Sunday dismissed a supposed offer by Moammar Kadafi to negotiate a transition, insisting that the country's long-time ruler should turn himself in.
The Associated Press reported that Musa Ibrahim, a spokesman for Kadafi's all but toppled government, had called its New York office to offer talks on a "transfer of power," saying the leader's son Saadi would conduct the negotiations. He said Kadafi remained in Libya but did not specify where.
A top official of the National Transitional Council rejected the offer. "We have no negotiations with Kadafi and we can offer him only two things: safety and a fair trial," said Ahmad Darrat, said to be incoming interior minister of the provisional government now taking the reins of power in Libya.
Kadafi was driven from his base of power last week in a lightning offensive by lightly armed rebels storming the capital from several directions. The city now suffers power, water and food shortages, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned of an impending humanitarian crisis in the capital and the country's rebel-controlled Nafusa Mountains region.