Tripoli says in talks with Benghazi rebels: Russian envoy

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Russia's special envoy Mikhail Margelov said Libya's prime minister told him Thursday that Tripoli was holding direct talks with the Benghazi-based rebels in Paris, Russian news agencies reported.

"I was assured at today's negotiations that direct contracts between Benghazi and Tripoli are already underway," ITAR-TASS quoted Margelov as saying after meeting Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi in Tripoli.

"The Libyan prime minister told me that a round of such contacts concluded yesterday in Paris," he added.

French President Nicolas "Sarkozy has been informed of the outcome of these contacts," Margelov said.

© 2011 AFP

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