Tripoli: Moammar Gaddafi is ready for a truce to stop the fighting in Libya, visiting South African president Jacob Zuma said after meeting the ruler but he listed familiar Gaddafi conditions that have scuttled previous cease-fire efforts.

Zuma said that Gaddafi was ready to accept an African Union initiative for a cease-fire that would stop all hostilities, including NATO airstrikes in support of rebel forces.

"He is ready to implement the road map," Zuma said.

He said, Gaddafi insists that "all Libyan be given a chance to talk among themselves" to determine country's future. He did not say that Gaddafi is ready to step down which is the main demand of the rebels. He was speaking to reporters from South African and Libyan TV, which broadcast his remarks late on Monday.

In April, Zuma led a delegation of the African Union to Tripoli with an African Union proposal for a truce. Gaddafi said that he would accept the truce but quickly ignored it and started attacks, while the rebels rejected the cease-fire out of hand because it did not include Gaddafi's exit from power. Since then many efforts of truce have failed on similar reasons.

In Benghazi, the de facto rebel capital, rebel Foreign Minister Fathi Baja told a Press that he believes Zuma is in Tripoli to negotiate an exit strategy for Gaddafi, though Zuma's office denies that.

For decades Gaddafi has identified Libya as an African as much as an Arab nation. He disbursed millions of dollars in aid to African nations and built himself as a leader of the continent.

 (Agencies)