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Friday
Mar042011

Venezuelan Leader Offers to Broker Peace Deal in Libya

Miguel Gutierrez/AFP/ Getty Images(CARACAS, Venezuela) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has offered to negotiate a settlement between Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi and rebel forces who have have taken up arms to overthrow his regime.

The two leaders are longtime allies, particularly in their opposition to U.S. government policies, and the Chavez offer was quickly accepted Thursday by Gadhafi's government.

However, that doesn't mean everybody in the Gadhafi family is on board with the plan.

Gadhafi's son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, said he rejected Chavez's help to negotiate a peace deal, adding that Libya could settle its own matters without outside assistance.

As it is, no one is quite sure what Chavez's plan for peace encompasse,s but it certainly won't involve any advice from the U.S. or Western powers.

Since the unrest in Libya, Chavez has alleged that the U.S. and its European allies are getting ready to swoop into Libya to take over the country's plentiful oil fields.

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