Live Report: Gadhafi's rule 'crumbling' in Libya
Updated: 2011-08-22 06:39
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday said Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime is now in full retreat and he should stop fighting now.
The European Union (EU) will open its office in Tripoli, an EU spokesman told Xinhua on Monday.
"We have an office in Bengazi, we are planning to open an office in Tripoli as soon as the conditions are right," Michael Mann, spokesman for the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, told Xinhua over phone.
Britain urged Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to stop fighting without conditions after troops loyal to him staged a last-ditch resistance in the capital Tripoli on Monday.
Brent crude fell almost $2 on Monday towards $106 a barrel with traders and investors anticipating the resumption of oil exports from OPEC-member Libya as a six-month civil war there appeared close to an end.
Bolstered by their advance in the capital Tripoli on Sunday, Libyan rebels heading from the western part of the country are well poised to take control of the Libyan side of the main Tunisian-Libyan border post of Ras El Jedir.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has cut short his holiday in Cornwall to return to London, and chaired a Libya meeting on Monday as Libyan rebels pushed into Tripoli .
The European Union (EU) on Monday welcomed the advance of Libyan opposition forces and urged them to protect civilians.
"We are witnessing the last moments of the Gaddafi regime. I call on Gaddafi to step down without further delay and avoid further bloodshed," the bloc's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.
BBC has unconfirmed reports from the Tajoura suburb of Tripoli say pro-Gaddafi forces are negotiating their surrender.
Rebel fighters are securing key government buildings and telling residents to stay inside and off high buildings due to fears of snipers, National Public Radio (NPR) correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports.
Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the head of the NTC, has appeared on Al-Jazeera TV threatening to resign if rebels resort to acts of vengeance, BBC reports. "There are extremist Islamist groups that seek to have revenge and to create turbulence in the Libyan society. I will not be honored to be the head of a National Transitional Council with such rebels working for it."
European shares extended gains on Monday, with Eni, the largest foreign oil operator in Libya, leading the energy sector higher after the entry of Libyan rebels into the capital Tripoli raised hopes of an end of the conflict.
Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said: "the only path Gaddafi must take is that of surrender."
Frattini adds that if Gaddafi continues resistance, he will be responsible for any possible blood bath in Tripoli.
The Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen said: "the Libyan people's struggle for freedom has gone into the playoffs."
Rebel fighters have been urged not to carry out reprisals against captured pro-Gaddafi troops, BBC reports. Doha-based opposition channel Libya TV reminded fighters that government forces "are Libyan like yourselves" and that "their arrest is degrading and humiliating enough".
China's Foreign Ministry has issued a statement on the situation in Libya. It says: "We have noticed the developments in Libya. China respects the choice of Libyan people, hopes the situation returns to normal soon and its people live a normal life. China is willing to work with the international society to play a positive role in the future reconstruction."
EU urges Gaddafi to step down 'without further delay.'
The Internet has been switched on again in Tripoli after being cut off for six months. The move came after the rebels took over the main, state-controlled ISP, BBC’s Rana Jawad reports. The two state-run mobile phone companies have given about 250 yuan’s worth of free credit to all their subscribers, she adds.
South African International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana Mashbane is speaking at a news conference in Johannesburg. She denied rumors South Africa has sent planes to Libya to collect Gaddafi saying they are to be used to evacuate embassy staff. She says South African government has "no interest of creating a state within state in Libya".
South Africa says it wil not recognise rebel government at the moment if Libya falls. The Johannesburg government has remained Libya's closest ally throughout the six month unrest.
A Libyan opposition fighter has told Al Jazeera that Gaddafi forces are still in control of four districts in the capital Tripoli.