Gaddafi talks offer 'is delusional'
Muammar Gaddafi's apparent offer of talks on forming a new government in Libya has been dismissed as "delusional".
The former dictator's spokesman Moussa Ibrahim proposed opening negotiations in a telephone call to a news agency on Saturday night. He also insisted Gaddafi was still in Tripoli despite rumours he has fled to Zimbabwe.
The overture was given short shrift by rebels, who are preparing an assault on the 69-year-old's home town of Sirte if it does not give up peacefully.
"If he wants to surrender, then we will negotiate and we will capture him," said National Transitional Council (NTC) official Ali Tarhouni.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said Gaddafi was ignoring the reality of his defeat.
"They (the NTC) have been conducting negotiations with tribes around the city of Sirte to try to bring the violence to an end," he said. "But to frame the idea as discussing a transition of power is a bit late now.
"I referred a few days ago to Colonel Gaddafi making delusional statements and this is another one of them. A transition of power is already taking place. The NTC ministers are in Tripoli and in increasing control of the situation."
Mr Hague went on: "What is needed from the remnants of the Gaddafi regime is the fighting to stop."
The offer of talks - at which Gaddafi would be represented by son Saadi - indicates the former regime is looking for a way out as the rebels tighten their grip.
Opposition forces have been gathering in the town of Bin Jawad as Nato targets Scud missile launchers and possible weapons warehouses in Sirte, around 60 miles to the east.