Nightly News | April 11, 2011
>>> we turn to libya where after another weekend of fierce fighting, negotiators for the african union says moammar gadhafi has agreed to a deal for a cease-fire with the rebels, but the problem is that the rebels aren't buying it. stephanie is with us from benghazi . good evening.
>> reporter: good evening, brian. the head of the rebel counsel said gadhafi has to step down now if he want to survive. not a position that leaves a lot of room for negotiation. leaders of the african union arrived in benghazi hoping to strike a deal. just hours earlier in tripoli, moammar gadhafi said he backed their peace plan , including an immediate cease-fire, but the rebels quickly said no deal. the plan was rejected, the protesters cheered.
>> people of benghazi have been protesting since mid-febwith one simple command, that gadhafi step down. any negotiation short of that is not acceptable. we met this woman in the beginning after they seized control of the country.
>> the people don't try to gadhafi anymore. he's a big liar and he tried to lie many times.
>> in the west, he's put a strangle hold on miz rote. medicine and food are running low. government tanks shell the city nearly every day. snipers gun people down in the streets. nato has stepped up its attacks on gadhafi 's soldiers. bombing sunday gave the rebels help to hold the eastern town of augdaub yae, but it won't be enough to end the crisis.
>> i want to be clear. there can be no solo military solution to the crisis in libya.
>> but a peace deal will require compromise. and with gadhafi still in pour, rebels made it clear today, they're not interested. the libyan government said they will stop anyone trying to get close to mizrato with what they call the pretest of humanitarian aid . some of the humanitarian aid is greatly needed. unicef said tens of thousands of children are at risk in that city now.