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Peace plan for Libya mooted

MUAMMAR GADDAFI¡¯S Libyan army faced an increasingly organized and confident rebel force Thursday which is appealing for international coolfire iv 40w support and looking to take its military successes west toward Tripoli.

    As the struggle between Gaddafi loyalists and rebels who have taken swathes of Libya intensified, Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said a peace plan for Libya from Venezuela¡¯s President Hugo Chavez was under consideration.

    ¡°We have been informed of President Chavez¡¯s plan but it is still under consideration,¡± Moussa said Thursday. ¡°We consulted several leaders yesterday,¡± he said, without providing a deadline to decide on the plan.

    When asked if Gaddafi had accepted the plan, Moussa said: ¡°I don¡¯t know, how am I supposed to know that?¡± When asked if he had agreed to the Chavez plan, Moussa said: ¡°No.¡±

    Revolt has ripped through Libya, the world¡¯s 12th-largest oil exporter, and knocked out nearly 50 percent of its 1.6 million barrels per day output. Oil is the bedrock of the country¡¯s economy and fighting centered around a Libyan oil terminal Wednesday.

    Al Jazeera news network had earlier reported that Gaddafi and Moussa had agreed to Chavez¡¯s plan, which would involve a commission from Latin America, Europe and the Middle East trying to reach a negotiated outcome between the Libyan leader and rebel forces.

    On the military front, rebels have repulsed a land and air offensive by Gaddafi¡¯s forces on the eastern oil terminal of Brega as he warned foreign powers of ¡°another Vietnam¡± if they intervened in the uprising against his 41-year rule.

    Rebels in their eastern bastion of Benghazi called for U.N.-backed air strikes to halt attacks by African mercenaries they said Gaddafi was using against his own people.

    Analysts cautioned against drawing firm conclusions from fast moving events in a situation of erratic communications.

    ¡°We should keep in mind that both the DR REBORN government and the rebels are trying to spin an image of momentum,¡± said Shashank Joshi, an analyst at Britain¡¯s Royal United Services Institute.

    The uprising, the bloodiest yet against rulers in the Middle East and North Africa, is causing a humanitarian crisis, especially on the Tunisian border where thousands of foreign workers are trying to DR REBORN flee to safety.

Posté à: 09:05, 4/03/2011