Johannesburg: South Africa has not sent planes to Libya to allow its embattled leader Moammar Gaddafi to leave the country, Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Monday.
      
"The South Africa government would like to refute and dispel the rumours and claims that it has sent planes to Libya to fly Colonel Gaddafi and his family to an undisclosed location," she told reporters.
     
"Nobody has asked for asylum in South Africa, and as far as Johannesburg is aware, Gaddafi remains in Libya, she added.
      
"The future of Gaddafi should be decided by Libyans...," Nkoana-Mashabane stressed.
      
South Africa continues to talks to both parties in Libya but "as peace brokers we have got no reason to create a state within the state."
      
Heavy fighting raged on Monday near the Tripoli compound of embattled Libyan leader the day after jubilant rebel forces surged into the symbolic heart of the capital.
      
"With the imminent fall of the government of colonel Gaddafi, we wish to urge the interim authorities in Tripoli to immediately institute an all-inclusive inter-Libyan political dialogue aimed at building a truly representative and people-centered dispensation" the foreign minister said in Johannesburg.
      
A high-level African Union committee will meet Thursday to consider the situation in Libya, she said.
      
An AU road-map out of the Libyan crisis remains on the table, she added.

(Agencies)