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Qaddafi, Arab League Reportedly Agree To Chavez Mediation Proposal

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez may play a role in mediating the Libyan crisis.
Reports say Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and the president of the Arab League have agreed to a peace plan from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez aimed at ending the crisis in Libya.

Venezuelan Information Minister Andres Izarra said Chavez spoke with Qaddafi on March 1 about the possibility of creating a bloc of "friendly countries" to launch an international mission to mediate between Qaddafi's regime and rebels who seek to end his 41-year-old regime in the North African country.

The Al-Jazeera news network reported that Venezuela's foreign minister had spoken with Arab League President Amr Mussa, who also agreed to the plan.

No confirmation from the Arab League was immediately available. It was not clear what other countries might be involved.

Qaddafi and Chavez have been described as close allies.

compiled from agency reports