Gaddafi says ready for ceasefire, negotiation with NATO

TRIPOLI - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Saturday he was still prepared to enter a ceasefire but  that this must involve all sides and not only his own forces which are fighting against rebels in the east.

"(Libya) is ready until now to enter a ceasefire ... but ceasefire cannot be from one side," Gaddafi said in a live television address in the early hours of Saturday morning.

"We were the first to welcome a ceasefire and we were the first to accept a ceasefire ... but the Crusader NATO attack has not stopped."

He called  for negotiations with NATO powers to end the air strikes on Libya.

"We did not attack them or cross the sea ... why are they attacking us?" Gaddafi said in a live television address in the early hours of Saturday.

"Let us negotiate with you, the countries that attack us. Let us negotiate," he said, adding that if it was oil the coalition countries were after there was no problem in negotiating contracts. Libya's Gaddafi says will not leave his country

However, he said no one would force him to leave his country.

"I'm not leaving my country," he said in the live television address.

"No one can force me to leave my country and no one can tell me not to fight for my country."