Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Libya nods Venezuela peace plan to end crisis


The Libyan government has signaled the green light for Venezuela to choose the member countries that will take part in mediating and coordinating the details to stop the on-going crisis in the North African state, according to Venezuela's foreign minister on Friday.
The peace negotiation was earlier proposed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, a long-time friend of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi.
A report by the AP said that the opposition was unwilling to participate unless the dictator steps down.
However, the insurgents said on Sunday that they were not formally contacted regarding Chávez peace mission, according to a report by Reuters.
Countries belonging to the Venezuela-led Bolivarian Alternative bloc, or ALBA, supported the ceasefire in a meeting held in Caracas. These nations are Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Dominica, Nicaragua, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Italy and the US are okay with the peace proposal.
The 56-year-old Chávez lambasted the attempts of other countries who intervene in Libyan affairs and called for truce.
The Venezuelan leader also accused the US and its allies of using the current turmoil to take control of its fat oil reserves.
He also blamed the media of misrepresentation of the events.
Chávez--recipient of the 2004 Gaddafi International Human Rights Prize--made no mention of the Libyan strongman's attack on civilian protesters that led to international condemnation.
Details of this report here.
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