23 Apr '11, 12am

Libyan army \"to withdraw from Misrata\"

TRIPOLI: The Libyan army will withdraw from Misrata and leave local tribes to resolve the conflict in the country's third largest city either by talks or through force, the deputy foreign minister said Friday. "The situation in Misrata will be dealt with by the tribes around Misrata and Misrata's residents and not by the Libyan army," Khaled Kaim told journalists. "We will leave the tribes around Misrata and Misrata's people to deal with the situation, either using force or negotiation." Kaim said the Libyan army had been given an "ultimatum" to stop the rebellion in the western city, 200 kilometres (120 miles) east of the capital Tripoli. "There was an ultimatum to the Libyan army: if they cannot solve the problem in Misrata, then the people from (the neighbouring towns of) Zliten, Tarhuna, Bani Walid and Tawargha will move in and they will talk to the rebels. If they don...

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