Gadhafi Ready to Go?

By STAFF | July 12, 2011 | 6:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) - France's foreign minister says Paris has had contact with emissaries from Moammar Gadhafi who say the embattled Libyan strongman is "prepared to leave."

Alain Juppe told France Info radio on Tuesday that while the contacts do not constitute negotiation, "everyone (involved in Libya's civil war) has contacts with everyone else."

"The Libyan regime sends its messengers all over, to Turkey, to New York, to Paris," Juppe added. "We receive emissaries who are saying, 'Gadhafi is prepared to leave. Let's discuss it.'"

A day earlier, French Foreign Ministry officials denied reports that France was negotiating with Gadhafi.

France is part of a NATO-led operation of airstrikes against Gadhafi's forces and has insisted Gadhafi must give up power.