Embattled Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi has reportedly expressed his readiness to hand over power to the revolutionary National Council on his own terms.
Gaddafi has dispatched his special envoy to hold talks with the interim National Council based in Benghazi, Saudi-owned daily Asharq al-Aswat reported citing sources.
The longest-serving leader in the Arab world, however, has set numerous conditions.
The informed sources have told the paper that Gaddafi has demanded safe passage and full protection for all members of his family and the people within his inner circle.
Moreover, the opposition will have to facilitate any departure from Libya for Gaddafi and his associates wishing to leave the country.
Another one of the conditions is that the council does not hand over Gaddafi to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the report added.
The Libyan League For Human Rights says at least 6,000 people have been killed so far in Libya.
The UN Security Council has recently imposed sanctions on the Libyan regime and has referred Gaddafi to the International Criminal Court.
The developments come two days after the council held its first formal meeting to discuss the overthrow of Gaddafi.
The council earlier refused to enter talks with the regime unless Gaddafi leaves office.
The 30-member body was established in the eastern city of Benghazi by revolutionary forces following the liberation of several eastern cities.
The council, headed by Libya’s former justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, plans to lead the country to an election.
He was among the first high-profile Libyan figures to defect from the Gaddafi regime following the brutal crackdown on opposition protesters. Agencies