Gadhafi desperate, says US envoy
The U.S. ambassador to Libya says the government of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi has been sending out feelers to potential mediators as the crisis in the country escalates. American envoy Gene Cretz, withdrawn from Libya late last year, says U.S. diplomatic recognition of the Libyan rebel movement is among options under study in Washington. Cretz is providing no details of what he says are desperate attempts at outreach by the Gadhafi government. But his comments followed a Libyan overture Friday to the African Union that it is ready to implement an AU roadmap that calls for an immediate end to all hostilities and peace talks. It’s clear that the regime is reaching out to several possible mediators, interlocutors to try to get a message across. I’m not exactly sure what the message is. But it clearly indicates, I think, at least some kind of desperation, I think at this point, Cretz said.