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Libya - Aug 4, 2011 - 18:24

Last modified: 4 Aug 2011 14:24

A top leader in Libya's rebel-held east has denied that rebels have forged an alliance with Muammar Gaddafi family.

Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam told The New York Times that his family had forged an alliance with Islamist rebels among the insurgents to drive out the secular opposition to his father's 40-year rule.

"Seif al-Islam's statement is baseless. It's a lie that seeks to create a crack in the national accord," Ali Sallabi told AFP over the telephone.

Sallabi acknowledged making conversations with Seif.

"Our dialogue with them is always based on three points: Kadhafi and his sons must leave Libya, the capital (Tripoli) must be protected from destruction and the blood of Libyans must be spared. There is no doubt about these constants," he said.