Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez talks with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi during a meeting in 2010. Venezuela offered to establish a mediation team to work toward resolving the conflict in the North African state., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Chavez Says Libya’s Qaddafi Sent Him a Letter, Delegation
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi sent him a letter delivered by a delegation that arrived in Caracas last night.
Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said he would meet the delegation today. Chavez said he may not be able to meet the envoys because he is receiving treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer.
Chavez, who has criticized Western intervention in the Libyan conflict and compared Qaddafi to South American liberator Simon Bolivar, in March proposed an international peace commission to negotiate an end to the unrest in Libya. His offer was rejected by the Libyan rebels.
“Qaddafi has sent some emissaries and a letter,” Chavez said during a telephone interview broadcast on state television today. “There’s Qaddafi, resisting the aggressions of NATO -- they bombed a media outlet -- and the world remains quiet with its arms crossed.”
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