CARACAS, Venezuela _ Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi_s government has accepted a proposal by President Hugo Ch__vez of Venezu...
CARACAS, Venezuela _ Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi_s government has accepted a proposal by President Hugo Ch__vez of Venezuela to negotiate a solution to the turmoil in Libya, a top aide to Mr. Ch__vez said on Thursday. But confusion emerged after Colonel Qaddafi_s son reportedly rejected the plan.
The son, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, told Sky News that he valued Venezuela_s friendship but knew nothing about Mr. Ch__vez_s plan. Libya, he said, was capable of solving its problems without foreign intervention.
There were few details about Mr. Ch__vez_s plan, but Andr__s Izarra, Venezuela_s information minister, said the Arab League had also expressed interest. _Venezuela will continue its contacts in the Arab world and elsewhere to find formulas for peace in Libya,_ Mr. Izarra told Reuters.
Mr. Ch__vez has long been one of Colonel Qaddafi_s biggest supporters. The Venezuelan leader_s biographers have pointed out that while in the army, Mr. Ch__vez studied Colonel Qaddafi_s _Green Book,_ a collection of the Libyan leader_s thinking on an alternative to capitalism that was first published in the 1970s.
After Mr. Ch__vez was elected president in 1998, Libya emerged as one of Venezuela_s top allies within OPEC. In recent days, Mr. Ch__vez has contended that the United States and European countries were preparing to invade Libya in a plan to control Libya_s oil fields.
In 2009, Mr. Ch__vez received Col. Qaddafi in Caracas, giving him a replica of the sword used by Sim__n Bol__var, the Venezuelan aristocrat who led South America_s wars of independence in the 19th century. That gesture came five years after Libya awarded Mr. Ch__vez its annual Qaddafi International Prize for Human Rights.
Venezuela_s support for Colonel Qaddafi is fueling tension here. Diego Arria, a former Venezuelan envoy to the United Nations, said in an interview on Thursday that Venezuela, along with two of its leftist allies in the region, Cuba and Nicaragua, were isolating themselves by refusing to condemn the violence carried out by Colonel Qaddafi_s forces.
_Hugo Ch__vez is complicit with Qaddafi_s regime of tyranny,_ Mr. Arria said at a small protest in front of the Libyan Embassy. _If his friendship with Qaddafi is greater than his responsibility as head of state, then he should go to Tripoli and help him there, but not in the name of Venezuela._