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   Libya offers “verifiable” ceasefire, elections  :      Information Clearing House: ICH

   Libya offers “verifiable” ceasefire, elections  :      Information Clearing House: ICH

April 20, 2011 "The Hindu" -- LONDON: Libya's Foreign Minister Abdul Ati al-Obeidi on Wednesday offered a “properly verifiable” ceasefire supervised by foreign observers to pave the way for talks which could cover “any issue” including, he implied, the future of Colonel Muammar Qadhafi.

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