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South African President In Tripoli In New Bid For Libya Truce

South African President Jacob Zuma
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma today arrived in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, in another bid to negotiate a cease-fire between Muammar Qaddafi's regime and rebels who have been fighting his rule since February.

It is the second time that Zuma, representing the African Union regional organization, has visited Libya in an attempt to mediate in the conflict.

Rebels, who control the eastern part of Libya's Mediterranean coast, are saying they will not negotiate unless Qaddafi steps down.

NATO, following passage of a United Nations Security Council resolution, imposed a no-fly zone over Libya in March as Qaddafi's forces launched a campaign against rebel-held parts of the country.

The conflict is now seen as being in a stalemate.

compiled from agency reports