Gaddafi seeks Venezuela's help
Caracas - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has sent a delegation to Venezuela to seek peaceful solutions to the conflict in the North African nation, President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday.
Chavez provided few details about the delegation sent by Gadhafi, saying only that "they have come to our country to search for a political way out of Libya's crisis".
Shortly after the violent upheaval in Libya began in February, Chavez proposed the creation of an international peace commission to mediate an end to the conflict. He said his government is continuing to seek a negotiated solution.
The Venezuelan president calls Gaddafi a friend and has been a staunch opponent of the military intervention by US and European air forces. The leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua and Bolivia have taken similar stances.
"They are launching bombs at the military barracks, schools, commercial centres," Chavez said in a televised speech. "Who gave them the right to do that? We are dedicated to seeking a peaceful solution to the drama the Libyan people are living with."
Earlier on Tuesday, Chavez stepped up his criticism of Nato's airstrikes in Libya during a meeting of Latin American and Caribbean foreign ministers. He particularly denounced Monday's bombardment of Gaddafi's compound, saying such attacks are aimed at killing Gaddafi.
"How can that be supported?" he said.