Qaddafi welcomes Chávez's offer to mediate in Libya
But Libya's leader Muammar Qaddafi appears to be alone in supporting Hugo Chávez's offer of international mediation, which even Qaddafi's eldest son has rejected.
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Chávez seems to see the two leaders as mutual victims and accused the international community of condemning both of them in the past for harboring terrorists without proof and the US of only getting involved because it wants Libya's oil.Skip to next paragraph
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Since Libya’s unrest began, the Venezuelan leader has spoken out several times to accuse the US and other nations of exaggerating events to justify an invasion, reports CNN.
“I consulted with [Qaddafi]. I asked him if he was willing to accept a commission of countries,” said Chávez, recounting his conversation with Qaddafi. “And he told me, ‘Look, Chavez, not only of countries; I hope the whole United Nations come here to see the reality of what’s happening before they start condemning the Libyan government or the Libyan people, before they start thinking as they are now, and preparing to invade Libya.’”
Arab leaders have not written off the Venezuelan mediation option. Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said that Qaddafi had not officially accepted the proposal, but that the Arab League was reviewing the option with leaders from Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, reports Venezuela Analysis.
In a blog entry on the Huffington Post, Joel Hirst, an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote that the offer is likely more symbolic than practical. Chávez appears to lack the diplomatic graces and other requirements to successfully mediate this situation. “It is increasingly clear that his offer to mediate in the current crisis in Libya is an attempt to help a friend hold onto power, not a good faith effort to stop the bloodshed,” wrote Mr. Hirst.
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