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Gaddafi writes letter to WH urging US to lead in negotiating a ceasefire

June 11, 2011 - Tripoli

Libyan leader colonel Muammar Gaddafi has reportedly written a letter to the US Congressional leaders, urging the to take a lead role in negotiating a ceasefire.

In his three-page letter to Congressional leaders and the White House, Gaddafi diplomatically praised the Congress for its "thoughtful discussion of the issues" on Libya, and urged for "a cease fire, the funding of humanitarian relief and assistance in fostering and furthering accommodation between the parties within Libya that are at odds," Politico reports.

In exchange, he promised to allow a Congressional fact-finding team into his country to examine humanitarian conditions and to "observe the true democratic sincerity of all Libyan men and women."

The team would also be able to investigate "claims that have been made about systematic violations inside Libya during this tragic civil war," Gaddafi wrote.

Recipients of the letter have not replied so far.

"We have received a letter but we're not spending much time trying to confirm authenticity because we don't much care what he has to say unless it includes a resignation," Jon Summers, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) Communications Director, said.


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