04 Mar '11, 5am

Venezuela's Libya peace plan rejected

CARACAS: Libyan anti-government protesters on Thursday rejected Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's offer to mediate the crisis in Libya. Chavez, a close ally of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, first floated the idea Monday of putting together an international peace mission in a bid to reach a settlement that would avert a civil war. The Venezuelan leader said he managed to speak with Gaddafi briefly on Monday and asked him whether he was ready to receive a multinational delegation in Libya. Gaddafi responded: "Look, Chavez, not only countries, I hope the United Nations itself comes to see the truth of what is going on," according to the Venezuelan leader. Speaking at a political event, Chavez also said he spoke with "several presidents" of Africa and Latin America about the idea. Libyan rebels and others brushed aside the offer. "We have a very clear statement. It's too ...

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