Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Chavez Summons Regional Allies to Back Libya Mediation Bid

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez summoned an emergency meeting of his closest Latin American allies in a bid to mediate in the Libyan crisis that has divided the country and sent oil prices surging.

Chavez, who has compared Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi to Latin American liberation hero Simon Bolivar, said yesterday that Qaddafi has agreed to mediation to resolve the conflict. Representatives from his regional bloc known as Alba, including foreign ministers from Bolivia, Ecuador and Cuba, are attending the meeting. The Arab League is studying Chavez’s proposal, Secretary-General Amr Moussa said yesterday.