BENGHAZI, Libya - Libyan rebels, backed by European leaders, rejected a cease-fire proposal by African mediators yesterday because it did not insist that Moammar Gadhafi relinquish power.
"Colonel Gadhafi and his sons must leave immediately if he wants to save himself. If not, the people are coming for him," said Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, a former justice minister who split with Gadhafi and heads the Benghazi-based Transitional National Council.
Abdul-Jalil said the African Union proposal "did not respond to the aspirations of the Libyan people" and involved only political reforms.
"The initiative that was presented today, its time has passed," he said. "We will not negotiate on the blood of our martyrs. We will die with them or be victorious."