Gaddafi Meets Leaders Of Peace Mission

Colonel Gaddafi has made a public appearance at his compound with African Union leaders who are seeking to negotiate a truce in the Libyan conflict.

Sky's chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay at the Bab al Azizia compound in Tripoli said the Libyan leader emerged after a meeting with the AU delegation.

He said: ""Gaddafi came out of his tent with the delegation. He then rather bizarrely left the delegation and got in a car and drove to his supporters who are here virtually permanently.

""He came out of the car, did his trademark salute to the crowd and drove around this large field for awhile.

""He then disappeared, leaving the delegation scratching their heads and getting into their cars to leave as well.

""We haven't been able to get a word out of anyone so far as to what exactly they have discussed, but we know the delegation is coming with calls for a ceasefire and then a negotiated settlement and perhaps a move towards democracy.""The panel of five African leaders, headed by Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, decided to go along with a roadmap adopted in March which calls for an end to hostilities, ""diligent conveying of humanitarian aid"" and ""dialogue between the Libyan parties"", it said in a statement. They arrived in Tripoli today to meet Col Gaddafi and are due to hold talks later with leaders of the rebellion in their stronghold of Benghazi.

The peace mission came as Nato warplanes have helped prevent Libyan government forces from advancing past Ajdabiya, the gateway to Benghazi.

Defence Secretary Liam Fox said the Nato operations were working but warned not to be complacent about Col Gaddafi's capabilities.
Sky News