Libya seeks Greece mediation with Nato

2011-04-24 10:00

Athens - A top Libyan official has sought Greek mediation to end the bombardment against Libya by Nato, the Greek state news agency ANA reported overnight on Saturday.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces have been battling rebels since February. The Nato military action was authorised by the United Nations Security Council to enforce a no-fly zone and prevent attacks against Libyan civilians.

Libyan Prime Minster al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi made a telephone call on Saturday to Greek Prime Minister Giorgos Papandreou, seeking Greek mediation to end the Nato bombardments, ANA reported.

During the call, Papandreou called on Libya to halt violence against Gaddafi's opponents.

Greece, which has long had friendlier relations with the Gaddafi regime than other Western governments, has kept lines of communication open with Tripoli.

Meanwhile, Athens has allowed Nato to use key based on the Greek island of Crete and the Peloponnese peninsula.

 As a Nato member, Greece has sent a frigate, helicopter and surveillance plane to participate in the alliance's military operations against Libya.

  • Green Oaks - 2011-04-24 10:37

    Muammar Gaddafi. Step down and it will all end. IDIOT !!!!!! How thick skinned are you. Stupid Arab !!!!

      guy olembe - 2011-04-24 11:26

      use your intellect. not poor discrimination.

      slg - 2011-04-25 03:10

      I agree step down, but not your insult of Arabs.

  • selby mokoen - 2011-04-25 06:25

    gaddafi please save innocent blood,KING IS KING BY ITS OWN PEOPLE,if they dnt wnt u STEP DOWN.

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