CARACAS - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez proposed on Monday an international mediation effort to seek a peaceful solution to the uprising against his friend and political ally Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.
The firebrand South American socialist leader said he had already discussed the idea with some members of the ALBA bloc of left-wing Latin American nations and some other countries in Europe and South America.
"I hope we can create a commission that goes to Libya to talk with the government and the opposition leaders," he said in a speech on live TV. "We want a peaceful solution ... We support peace in the Arab world and in the whole world."
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