Yesterday, Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez proposed an International Peace Commission for Libya, with the participation of all countries that desire a peaceful solution to the political conflict there.
In order to advocate a solution of the situation in Libya "without using weapons or invading" it, Chavez said it was better to seek "a political solution. Instead of sending weapons against the Libyan people, why don't we send a mission that pleads for a peaceful solution to the conflict?".
President Chavez emphasized that there is a lot of misinformation about the political situation in Libya, as well as elements that reflect a pre-war scenario, fueled by the invasion plans that are woven from the U.S. empire. Chávez said a "network of lies" has been set up by various international information companies, the danger of which lies not only in a civil war but in an invasion by the United States, which would be a catastrophe."
"I'm sure the U.S. is exaggerating and distorting things to justify an invasion in Libya (...) They said today that they are ready to support the opposition and they aren't ruling out military operations. They are mad about Libyan oil," he said.
President Chávez noted that his government was also the subject of these "international tall stories." He stated that he is not trying to interfere in the internal situation of Libya, and called for "a peaceful solution and for peace throughout the Arab world."
He reiterated his rejection of the double-standard policy held by the U.S. government on the issue: on one hand they condemn violence, "and on the other, they rub their hands together over the oil."
"The U.S. has already said it is ready to invade Libya and most of Europe is condemning Libya (...) They are rubbing their hands over the oil (...) I wonder why don't they condemn Israel, which has caused so many deaths to the Palestinian people? Who condemns the U.S. for one million deaths in Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq?" he asked.
In this regard, he said the Venezuelan government has tried to stay "in the line of prudence" and reiterated that as a democratic president he urges the international community to "act politically, with all respect and not resort to the drums of war. "
President Chávez noted that his goal is "to plead for peace without weapons, explosions, or protest." This will be a sign of preparation for "real peace" not only in Libya but throughout the Middle East.
Venezuelan News Agency (AVN) / Telesur / Translated by MinCI
Edited by Venezuelanalysis.com