In a shocking about-face, Col. Muammar Gaddafi reportedly offered to hold a special meeting of parliament on Monday to negotiate the terms of his surrender of power. Al Jazeera reports that Gaddafi offered to step down as long as his safety and that of his family was guaranteed—but rebels rejected the offer on the grounds that it would be unfair to his victims. The reported offer is a startling development, considering that earlier on Monday, Gaddafi’s forces ordered brutal new air strikes in the rebel-held oil port of Ras Lanouf, located about 375 miles from the capital, Tripoli, prompting Britain and France to call for a no-fly zone over the nation.
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