Gadaffi accepts Chavez talks for Peace in Libya

Muammar Gadaffi has accepted an offer from Venezuela to mediate in Libya’s political crisis after talks with Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president, Al Jazeera has learnt.

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

via Chavez in talks with Gaddafi to seek crisis mediators.

In Cairo on Thursday, the Arab League Secretary General, Amr Moussa, was quoted in news reports as saying a peace proposal by President Chavez was “under consideration” but he gave no details of it.

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.

via Rebels in Libya Win Battle but Fail to Loosen Qaddafi’s Grip – NYTimes.com.

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.”

via Gaddafi warns of ‘another Vietnam’  IOL.co.za.

 

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