France rejects Chavez offer to mediate Libya crisis

3rd March 2011, Comments 0 comments

France rejected Thursday an offer by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to mediate in Libya and dismissed talk of any solution that would allow embattled leader Moamer Kadhafi to stay in power.

"Any mediation that allows Colonel Kadhafi to succeed himself is obviously not welcome," Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said in response to Chavez's proposal, speaking after talks with his British counterpart William Hague.

Chavez and Kadhafi have discussed plans for an international peacekeeping mission to mediate the crisis in Libya, rocked by two weeks of bloody clashes with protesters seeking to topple his 41-year-old regime.

Both leaders regularly make public condemnations of US "imperialism" and have exchanged visits in recent years. Ties are so close that Kadhafi was rumoured at one point to have fled to Caracas, claims later denied.

© 2011 AFP

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