ABC News Australia
April 2, 2011

Moamar Gaddafi’s regime has rejected a conditional ceasefire offer made by Libyan rebels, saying government forces would not withdraw from towns they control.

Insurgents, who have been fighting for weeks to topple Mr Gaddafi’s regime, had proposed a ceasefire on the condition government forces agreed to stop their assault on key cities and towns in the country’s east.

But government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim called the truce offer a “trick”, and said it would not be agreed to.

“The rebels never offered peace. They don’t offer peace, they are making impossible demands,” he said.

“We will not leave our cities. We are the government, not them,” he said, adding that the government was always ready to negotiate and wanted peace.

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