Gaddafi appears on state TV after official compound bombed by NATOhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/
BEIJING, April 26 (Xinhuanet) -- After NATO air strikes on one of the Libyan leader's compounds in Tripoli, Moammar Gaddafi has been shown on Libyan state TV. Meanwhile, the African Union has been mediating the two sides on a possible solution to the conflict in the North African country.
Moammar Gaddafi was shown meeting with tribal elders on Libyan state TV on Monday, just hours after NATO airstrikes destroyed parts of his compound in Tripoli.
Guided bombs destroyed a multistory library and office in the Bab al-Aziziya compound. The building was turned into a pile of twisted metal and broken concrete slabs.
A government spokesman say 3 people were killed and 45 others injured.
Moussa Ibrahim, Libyan Government Spoksman, said, "To attack this building is unnecessary and is another proof that the coalition forces are not seeking peace, are not seeking the protection of civilians but they are seeking political assassination."
While NATO says the site was targeted as a military command post, it also delivered a strong message to the embattled leader that the alliance is widening its range of targets.
Gadhafi is trying to keep control of western Libya, while rebels control most of eastern part of the country.
On Monday, Libya's foreign minister Abdelati Obeidi and two representatives of the rebels met with African Union officials to discuss a possible solution to the Libyan conflict. AU officials say a ceasefire should be the first step.
Abdelati Obeidi, Libyan Foreign Minister, said, "Nobody is rejecting the roadmap except those in Benghazi. I think they should go with the common sense with the world community and sit down and speak our differences, starting from ceasefire, observers, and then we can see what the needs of all Libyan people are"
The foreign minister and the rebels will also hold separate meetings with representatives of international groups, including the United Nations and European Union.
Earlier this month, rebels rejected a plan by the AU to halt the civil war in Libya, because it did not include the departure of Muammar Gaddafi and his sons. When asked whether or not they would be willing to meet with government officials directly, one representative said 'No'.