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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Latest from Al-Jazeera : Embattled Gaddafi Accepts Mediation Offer... from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez !

Admit it. For a second, you thought this was a joke in extremely poor taste,  perhaps something cooked up by THE ONION. 

But check out the story on Al Jazeera's website.

Some excerpts :

"Muammar Gaddafi 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, had discussed the offer with Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League, and that details of the plan could be announced by the Arab League in Cairo on Thursday.

"Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of the opposition National Libyan Council, told Al Jazeera he totally rejected the concept of talks with Gaddafi, and said that no one been in contact with him regarding the Venezuelan initiative.

"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 a Venezuelan peace plan is "under consideration".

"In a resolution issued on Wednesday, the Arab League called on the Libyan government to respond to the "legitimate demands of the Libyan people" and to stop the bloodshed in the country.

"Libya's membership of the organisation has been suspended in protest at the crackdown by pro-Gadaffi forces.

"It also said it could impose a no-fly zone in co-ordination with the African Union in [sic] fighting continues.

"But it has rejected calls for direct outside military intervention in Libya."