POSTED: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 12:09am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 12:10am
Tripoli, Libya — Libyan rebels are rejecting a reported truce offer from Moammar Gadhafi.
Word of the offer comes from South African President Jacob Zuma, who met with Gadhafi on Monday. Zuma says Gadhafi is ready to accept an African Union initiative for a cease-fire that would stop all hostilities.
However, Zuma lists familiar Gadhafi conditions that have scuttled previous cease-fire efforts.
In Benghazi, the de facto rebel capital, rebel Foreign Minister Fathi Baja is rejecting the African Union plan. Baja also says he believes Zuma is in Tripoli to negotiate an exit strategy for Gadhafi, though Zuma's office denies that. Baja says the rebels will launch an offensive against Gadhafi soon.
Meanwhile, in Rome, an indication that Gadhafi's regime is losing support. Eight top Libyan army officers have defected from Gadhafi's military. They're appealing to their fellow officers to join the revolt.