The Venezuelan government has suggested forming a peace commission comprising countries ‘friendly’ to Libya to hold talks with Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi and the opposition that has managed to take over wide areas of the country.
The proposal will be discussed by the Arab League, and according to al-Jazeera, the idea has been accepted by Qadhafi in person, who talked about the issue with Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez.
The declared goal is also to avoid a military intervention by the USA and other countries.
“After two weeks of conflict,” said the Venezuelan minister of foreign affairs Nicolás Maduro, “President Chávez has suggested forming a commission of friendly countries because through goodwill and the diplomacy of peace this nation might find some points of agreement to overcome a civil war that has already started to disintegrate it”.
While some countries are discussing the possibility of imposing a no-fly zone, Qadhafi appears to be controlling Tripoli and even as they have been pushed back in Brega and other cities, troops loyal to Qadhafi appear to have preserved a capacity to fight. As for the number of victims, there are many uncertainties as the currently available tolls cannot be considered overly reliable.
The situation experienced by foreign citizens trying to get out of Libya is very difficult, as they head to either Tunisia or Egypt, countries also marked by their own revolts and now facing periods of transition.
To deal with the emergency, yesterday, the World Food Program (Pam/Wfp) announced a three-month plan providing for some USD 38.7 million worth of investments with distribution of aid for almost three million in including people spread between Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.