The embattled Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi
Source: Press TV
The embattled Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has reportedly called for immediate ceasefire after the revolutionary fighters captured the oil-rich northwestern city of Zawiyah and its key refinery.
Speaking on behalf of Gaddafi, the Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi told journalists in the capital, Tripoli that "the time has arrived for an immediate ceasefire,” AFP reported on Thursday.
“We are ready to begin a dialogue to put an end to the crisis immediately," he added.
He said there have been 'contacts' between the two sides over the recent days in order to find a political solution.
The remarks came after the revolutionaries' Thursday capture of the refinery in Zawiyah and the head of the country's opposition Transitional National Council (TNC), Mustafa Abdul Jalil's, being cited as saying that a final victory over Gaddafi was 'on the horizon.'
"Gaddafi will not go quietly; he will go amid a catastrophe that will touch him and his family," he said.
Libya has been the scene of intense fighting between the government troops and the revolutionary forces since a revolution, seeking to topple Gaddafi, began in mid-February.
Over the past six months, thousands have reportedly been killed in clashes between the fighters and pro-Gaddafi troops.