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LIBYA: Kadafi official says regime accepts Chavez peace initiative

March 4, 2011 |  1:06 pm

Maduro Libya's deputy foreign minister, Khaled Kaim, told Reuters on Friday that Moammar Kadafi's government had accepted a peace initiative put forward by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Chavez summoned an emergency meeting Friday of his closest Latin American allies, Bloomberg reported, in a bid to mediate the Libyan crisis.

“On the agenda is the constitution of an international humanitarian committee for the peace and union of the Libyan people, which has been well received by Col. Kadafi’s government,” Venezuela Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said in comments carried by state television. “There’s an open debate between the vision of the south, the vision of peace, and the warlike vision from NATO and the U.S. that aims to impose itself on the world yet again, on the Arab peoples and, particularly, on the Libyan people.”

Maduro said Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa authorized Venezuela to select members of the commission, according to a letter dated March 3 that he read on state TV.

“We authorize you to take all necessary steps to select the members and coordinate their participation in the dialogue,” Maduro read from the letter.

—  Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Venezuelan Chancellor Nicolas Maduro, center, speaks at a meeting of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America in Caracas on Friday. Credit: David Fernandez/EPA


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