Friday, 9 September 2011

CHAVEZ STANDS BY GADAFI, BUT HE SHOULD DO MORE CONCRETELY TO STAND WITH LIBYA AGAINST EMPIRE

Chavez Urges Qaddafi to Continue 'Resisting'

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez urged Muammar Qaddafi to resist a rebel siege
in Libya, saying that his ally has no plans to leave the embattled North African
nation.

"Nobody knows where Qaddafi is," Chavez said today in a phone interview
broadcast on state television. "I'm sure that he's very far from thinking about
leaving Libya. He'll resist with what power he has left."

A core group of soldiers and officials loyal to Qaddafi are holed up in the town
of Bani Walid, said the rebel fighters besieging the town today. Negotiations
have reached an impasse between the rebels and tribesmen for the peaceful
handover of Sabha, Jaffra and Sirte, Qaddafi's hometown. The rebel council says
it's focusing on those towns because Qaddafi may be hiding in one of them.

Chavez, who last month pledged support to Qaddafi and called the armed conflict
in Libya the result of "imperial insanity," said he doesn't have information on
the leader's whereabouts. He said that by resisting, Qaddafi can lay the
groundwork for a lasting peace in Libya.

When asked if he would offer Qaddafi asylum, Chavez recalled a conversation he
had with Cuba's Fidel Castro about the capture of Saddam Hussein after Iraq was
invaded. Chavez said Fidel told him that in such situations "what we have to do
is win or die."

Chavez, who has compared Qaddafi to Simon Bolivar and gave him a replica of the
Latin American liberator's sword when he visited Venezuela in 2009, read out a
letter sent to him by Qaddafi on Aug. 1 in which he asked the Venezuelan leader
for moral support in his fight against rebels and the Western alliance. Chavez's
offer in March to mediate in the Libyan crisis was rejected by the Libyan
rebels.

"We are advocating that the life of the Libyan people and Qaddafi be respected
and that this madness is stopped," Chavez said today.

1 comment:

Erik Ernst said...

ALBA ministers to set joint stance over Libya aggression

http://avn.info.ve/node/76446

A bit late perhaps, but there we are...