TRIPOLI (Reuters) - An African Union official said Monday the issue of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's stepping down had been discussed during peace talks in Tripoli.

"There was some discussion on this but I cannot report on this. It has to remain confidential," said Ramtane Lamamra, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security. "It's up to the Libyan people to chose their leaders democratically."

He added the peace road map included an immediate ceasefire, promotion of national dialogue, protection of foreign nationals in Libya and extension of humanitarian assistance.

(Reporting by Maria Golovnina; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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