Rebels Give Qaddafi Loyalists Deadline, Reports Of Negotiations

Libya’s rebels, now in de facto control of the country, held off an all-out assault and told loyalists of Col. Muammar Qaddafi’s regime that they had four days to surrender. According to reports, the rebel chief said if a deal was not reached, “we will decide this matter militarily.” NATO also acknowledged that talks were going on between regime loyalists, particularly in Qaddafi’s home city and several other strongholds, and rebels. “We see these discussions as encouraging signs and we will see how they evolve in coming days,” said NATO spokesperson Col. Roland Lavoie.