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South Africa calls for immediate ceasefire in Libya

South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane called for an immediate ceasefire in Libya on Tuesday, the day after President Jacob Zuma’s talks with Moamer Kadhafi in Tripoli.

“Consistent with the decision of the AU on Libya, we reiterate our call for immediate ceasefire that is verifiable and encourage the warring parties to begin a dialogue to a democratic transition,” she told parliament.

“We strongly still believe that there is no solution for the Libyan problem that will come militarily but only with political dialogue,” she added.

Zuma met with Kadhafi in Tripoli on Monday, but failed to close the gap between the Libyan leader and rebels on a plan proposed by the African Union, which the rebellion has rejected.