UN power sharing plan for Libya a non-starter

With neither side wanting to talk to each other, the UN continues to show itself irrelevant to the Libyan civil war as they have introduced a "power sharing" plan that wouldn't include Muammar Gaddafi. The rebels still aren't buying, according to Reuters: Analysts say the stalemate has led to intensified diplomatic overtures, with France saying for the first time this week that Gaddafi could stay in Libya as long as he gives up power. The European diplomat, who declined to be named, said talks had yet to start on Khatib's plan, which foresees an immediate transitional authority made up equally of government and rebels. The authority would appoint a president, run the security forces and supervise a reconciliation process, leading to elections to an assembly which would write a constitution. Gaddafi and his sons would be excluded from the authority since the rebels would never accept them, but his prime minister, for example, might have a role, the diplomat said. The Libyan leader...(Read Full Post)