Saadi Qaddafi, son of Muammar Qaddafi, said on Wednesday that he had his father's blessing in discussing a truce with the interim ruling council.
Saadi was talking to Al Arabiya when he said that his family was willing to recognize the National Transitional Council
as a legitimate voice of the Libyan people.
Saadi Qaddafi told Al Arabiya "You know there are people in Libya, a few million who are unarmed but support Colonel Qaddafi. But there is also another faction which is armed. We admit that they represent a portion of society, and they are legitimate and we should negotiate with them. But they too should recognize that we are the legitimate government and they should negotiate with us. This a problem that we should be able to overcome, because the purpose is to save Libya, save lives, and prevent any further spilling of blood. We can solve the other issues later."
Saadi's statement, however, contradicted his brother Saif al-Islam’s who told another Arab TV channel that fighters loyal to his father would fight “day and night” to “attack the rats” until death.
Saif al-Islam warned the rebels about the 20,000 loyalist soldiers defending the city of Sirte as NATO continues its airstrikes.
The interim council has given Qaddafi fighters in Sirte until Saturday to surrender.
The NTC has led the six month uprising against Muammar Qaddafi’s four decade rule and vows to lead the nation on the road to recovery.
Forty two years to the date when he seized power, Qaddafi’s whereabouts remain unknown as does his fate should he be captured alive.