After yet another strike by NATO forces Sunday, South African President Jacob Zuma has reported that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has accepted a peace plan put forth by the African Union. Calling for a ceasefire immediately, the Libyan government now says it’s interested in brokering peace with the rebel forces.

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Following the meeting between Zuma and Gadhafi, the South African president urged NATO to cease airstrikes against Libyan forces, and “give the ceasefire a chance.”

“The brother leader delegation has accepted the roadmap as presented by us. We have to give ceasefire a chance,” Zuma said, on his way to Benghazi to speak to rebel leaders.

Rebel forces, however, don’t seem as upbeat as the AU leader. Despite being outnumbered and outclassed by Libyan armaments, a spokesman for the rebel forces said a deal with Gadhafi was out of the question if it meant Gadhafi’s family staying in power.

“There is no other solution than the military solution, because this dictator’s language is annihilation, and people who speak this language only understand this language,” spokesman Ahmad Bani said to al Jazeera.

Clearly, like the situation in Egypt, only a change in power will appease the Libyan people. But unlike ousted Egypitan leader Hosni Mubarak, Gadhafi has made it clear that he will use any means necessary to protect his position, including ‘annihilation’ of rebel forces. How will this end? As we’ve suspected from the beginning, the answer lies in the influence of outside nations.

For now, we’ll have to wait an find out how successful Zuma is in his discussions with rebel leaders. If the South African leader is able to fashion a peace accord between the two parties, it would be a big boost for the image and prowess of the African Union. What do you think of Gadhafi’s peace plan? Will reforms be enough for the Libyan people? Let me know in the comment section!

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