Chavez Just Wants to Help

by Matthew Shaffer

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is reportedly eager to help Qaddafi manage a solution to the crisis in Libya. But Qaddafi’s son, Seif, is less enthused. The Times reports: 


The government of Libya’s embattled leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, accepted a proposal by President Hugo Chávez to negotiate a solution to the turmoil in Libya, a top aide to Mr. Chávez said Thursday. But confusion emerged after Colonel Qaddafi’s own son reportedly rejected Mr. Chávez’s plan.

The son, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, told Sky News in an interview that he valued Venezuela’s friendship but that he knew nothing about Mr. Chávez’s plan and that Libya was capable of solving its problems without foreign intervention.

Details were scant as to what Mr. Chávez’s plan entails, but Andrés 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.

They go way back: 

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