Col. Moammar Gadhafi has agreed in principle to stop all hostilities in Libya and let in outside forces to help keep the peace, according to a joint statement issued on Monday by the Libyan government and the African Union mediators.
The African group’s commissioner for peace and security, Ramtane Lamara, early on Monday read off the agreement, which was also flanked by Libyan government spokesman Musa Ibrahim.
The African Union team plans to travel to Benghazi to meet with leaders of the movement dedicated to ousting Gadhafi.
Gadhafi’s government previously has announced unilateral cease-fires. Those fighting to oust Libya’s longtime ruler have voiced opposition to proposals, saying their main goal is to assure the departure of the longtime leader.