No Gaddafi role in proposed Libya transition - envoy

A U.N. peace envoy is suggesting a cease-fire in Libya, to be followed by the immediate creation of a...

 Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Picture:AFP

A U.N. peace

envoy is suggesting a cease-fire in Libya, to be followed by the

immediate creation of a transitional authority made up equally of the

government and rebels while excluding Muammar Gaddafi and his sons, a

senior European diplomat said.

The authority would appoint a

president, control the police, armed forces and security services and

would supervise a round-table reconciliation process, leading to

elections to a national assembly which would write a constitution, the

diplomat said.

The diplomat, who

asked for his name and location to be withheld, was outlining ideas he

said were being canvassed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's

special envoy to Libya, Abdul Elah al-Khatib.

Khatib,

a Jordanian senator, is seeking a political solution to a conflict that

erupted in February between Gaddafi's forces and rebels based in the

east. He has visited both sides several times.

Khatib

declined to disclose details of his proposals, but told Reuters in

Amman:" The U.N. is exerting very serious efforts to create a political

process that has two pillars. One is an agreement on a cease-fire and

simultaneously an agreement on setting up a mechanism to manage the

transitional period."

"We hope

achieving the acceptance of the two parties around this idea will

trigger a political process that will at the end hopefully enable us to

achieve a political solution to the crisis," the U.N. envoy said.

"The

whole international community is supporting what the U.N. is trying to

do. They gave their support to the U.N. efforts to lead all the

political efforts to find a political solution," he added.

Gaddafi

has been holding on to power in the face of rebel attacks aimed at

ending his 41-year rule and has rejected suggestions that he quit, as

demanded by the insurgents.

The

Libyan leader on Thursday ruled out talks with the rebels, casting doubt

on a flurry of diplomatic efforts to end the conflict.

The

European diplomat said that under Khatib's transition proposal, Gaddafi

would have to step down, but rather than being a precondition it would

be part of the process.

As soon as

the transitional authority was created and Gaddafi no longer had control

of the security forces, Libyans in Tripoli would no longer fear him and

at that point his rule would in effect end, the diplomat said.

He

added Gaddafi would accept such a transition only if he had guarantees

on his personal fate, and so would not immediately be handed to the

International Criminal Court at The Hague, which has issued a warrant

for his arrest for crimes against humanity allegedly committed by his

security forces.

Gaddafi and his

sons would be excluded from the transitional authority, the diplomat

said, since the rebels would never accept such a role for Gaddafi family

members.

On July 11 Khatib said

he had told Libyan leaders that a body with representatives from all

political parties, regions and tribes was needed to manage a transition.

The United Nations has said Khatib put those ideas to Libya's prime minister and foreign minister.

France

said on Wednesday that Gaddafi could stay in Libya if he gave up power,

an apparent softening of the West's stance in a new effort to find a

diplomatic end to the war.

The United States says Gaddafi must quit, but whether he remained in Libya after that would be up to the Libyan people.

Libyan

officials have said Gaddafi's departure was not up for negotiation and

on Thursday the rebels said that no one seriously expected talks to end

the crisis.