Libya wants more talks as NATO strikes hit capital


Libya is ready to hold more talks with the United States and with rebels trying to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, but the Libyan leader will not bow to demands he quit, a government spokesman said.
Moussa Ibrahim said Libyan officials had a “productive dialogue” with U.S. counterparts last week in a rare meeting that followed American recognition of the rebel government that hopes to end Gaddafi’s 41-year rule.
“Other meetings in the future … will help solve Libyan problems,” the spokesman told reporters in Tripoli late on Friday. “We are willing to talk to the Americans more.”
He said Gaddafi would not leave his position nor Libya.
Hours later NATO planes bombed targets in the capital, causing damage and casualties, Libyan state television said, without giving details.
NATO said it had hit a “command and control node”.
A Reuters witness heard at least six blasts early on Saturday, the largest to hit the capital in several weeks, four of them shaking the hotel hosting international media.
Rebel leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said Gaddafi must agree publicly to stand down before any talks could begin.
“There are no negotiations with this regime unless he declares his departure and that he is stepping down, he and his sons, from power,” he said in a weekly statement to Libyans broadcast on rebel-run television.
As Gaddafi clings to power despite five months of civil war and a NATO bombing campaign authorised by a U.N. resolution, the West is increasingly hoping for a negotiated settlement.
But the United States also says Gaddafi must go.