LONDON -- Italy's foreign minister says Moammar Gadhafi's past crimes make it extremely difficult to imagine the Libyan leader will respect a cease-fire.
Franco Frattini says that the only way for the North African country to move forward is without Gadhafi.
Frattini said Monday in London that is why Italy has chosen to strengthen its relations with the Libyan opposition's interim governing council.
Frattini said Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the head of the interim council, will visit Rome Friday to meet with Italy's president and prime minister.
His comments follow Gadhafi's acceptance of an African Union brokered peace plan, which calls for an immediate cease-fire, cooperation in opening aid channels and the start of talks between rebels and the government.