Libya, March 08: Crumbling under rebel pressure backed by the Obama warning Muammar Gaddafi expressed his willingness to quit. National Libyan Council -- the organization based in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi -- of rebels said that they will not pursue Muammar Gaddafi over crimes they have given the time line of next 72 hours to steps down from his post.
Mustafa Abdel Jalil, an ex-justice minister, told "If he leaves Libya immediately, during 72 hours, and stops the bombardment, we as Libyans will step back from pursuing him for crimes."
He further added that the deadline would not be extended beyond 72 hours. Earlier the rebel spokesman told that a representative of Muammar Gaddafi offered talks on the Libyan leader's exit but that the council rejected any negotiations with a leader they do not trust.
Mustafa Gheriani a media officer for the council, told Reuters that "I confirm that we received contact from a Gaddafi representative seeking to negotiate Gaddafi's exit. We rejected this. We are not negotiating with someone who spilled Libyan blood and continues to do so. Why would we trust the guy today?"
Gaddafi's forces had launched air strikes on Tuesday in the areas in and around the oil town of Ras Lanuf in east Libya Arab foreign ministers scheduled to meet on Friday at the Arab League in Cairo to discuss the Libya issue.