Sources told our correspondent in Caracas that Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan’s foreign minister, discussed the offer with Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League, and that details of the plan could be announced at an Arab League meeting in Cairo on Thursday. The plan would involve a commission from Latin America, Europe and the Middle East trying to reach a negotiated outcome between the Libyan leader and opposition forces which have seized control of large areas of the North African oil-producing country. Moussa has confirmed that the Venezuelan peace plan was “under consideration”. “We have been informed of President Chavez’s plan but it is still under consideration,” he told the Reuters news agency on Thursday. “We consulted several leaders yesterday.”
via Al Jazeera English.
Gaddafi’s government has been rocked by two weeks of bloody clashes with protesters seeking to topple his 41-year-old regime.
Chavez on Monday proposed creating an international peace mission with forces from friendly nations to try to mediate the unrest gripping the North African nation and avoid civil war.
As rebels repulsed a fierce onslaught by Gaddafi’s forces on a key oil town, the longtime leader warned earlier that “thousands” would die if the West intervened
Mr. Chavez is regarded as a friend of Colonel Qaddafi with whom he shares a reputation for maverick anti-Americanism. Both men benefit from their country’s oil resources to underpin autocratic rule.
Basking in the adulation of loyalists in Tripoli, Gaddafi launched into a tirade against the “armed gangsters” he said were behind the unrest, part of a conspiracy to colonise Libya and seize its oil.
“We will enter a bloody war and thousands and thousands of Libyans will die if the United States enters or NATO enters,” Gaddafi told Tripoli supporters at a gathering televised live.
“We are ready to hand out weapons to a million, or 2 million or 3 million, and another Vietnam will begin.”
- Video – Muammar Gaddafi – Zenga Zenga (politisite.com)
- Gaddafi rebels look to Tripoli, peace plan mooted – Reuters Africa (news.google.com)
- Chavez Says U.S. Is Preparing An Invasion Of Libya (huffingtonpost.com)
- Venezuela: Chavez discussed mediation with Gadhafi (seattletimes.nwsource.com)