Chile derides 'fruitless' Chavez Libya mediation

7th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's bid to mediate in the Libyan crisis will prove fruitless, his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Pinera said Monday.

Last week Chavez, a close ally of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, proposed forming a multinational mission to find a peaceful resolution to the four-week conflict in the north African country between the regime and rebel forces.

The Arab League has said it is "studying" Chavez's proposal, which has already been rejected by rebels now in control of Libya's eastern half and pressing on the regime's stronghold in Tripoli.

"I think that mediators must offer guarantees to both sides and I think the mediation proposed by President Chavez has not been accepted by neither side. I think it will not bear fruit," Pinera told Spanish publci television TVE.

"Intervening in the affairs of another country is always complex," added Pinera, who began a three-day official visit to Spain on Monday.

Chavez, who has compared Kadhafi to Latin American liberation hero Simon Bolivar, has warned that world oil prices would rise beyond $200 a barrel if the Libyan conflict intensifies.

© 2011 AFP

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