Libyan rebels reject Hugo Chávez mediation offer
Leaders of anti-Gaddafi fighters say talk of peace is too late and they will not negotiate via Venezuelan president
Leaders of Libyan rebels, seen training in Benghazi, say Muammar Gaddafi has lost the right to negotiate a peace settlement since his regime started killing people. Photograph
"No one has told us a thing about it and we are not interested anyway," said the spokesman of the national committee in
The rebel leadership said the international community had yet to inform them of any initiative from the Venezuelan president, who reportedly contacted the embattled Libyan leader earlier this week in a bid to enter the fortnight-long violent standoff.
"Talk of peace is far too late," said a second member of the organising committee, Salwa Bogheiga. "A lot of people have died and there is no one to negotiate with. They lost that right when they started killing people on 17 February."
The nascent rebel committee in
Details of what Chávez proposed to Gaddafi are scant. The Arab League has also been told of the Venezuelan leader's offer but is similarly in the dark about what it entails.
The information minister, Andres Izarra, said the Arab League had shown interest in Chavez's proposal to send an international commission to talk with both sides in
Reports that Chavez's proposal was being taken seriously by Arab leaders has pushed down oil prices.
"Now we are training and, yes, we will march to
"They are full of desire to change the Gaddafi regime and we will march on
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