A leader of the uprising against Gaddafi’s 41-year-old rule said he would reject any proposal for talks with Gaddafi to end the conflict in the world’s 12th largest oil exporting nation.
As the struggle between Gaddafi loyalists and rebels who have taken swathes of Libya intensified, Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said a peace plan for Libya from Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez was under consideration.
“We have been informed of President Chavez’s plan but it is still under consideration,” Moussa told Reuters on Thursday.
“We consulted several leaders yesterday,” he said.
The rebels, armed with rocket launchers, anti-aircraft guns and tanks, called on Wednesday for UN-backed air strikes on foreign mercenaries it said were fighting for Gaddafi. Witnesses said a warplane bombed the eastern oil terminal town of Brega.
Western officials expressed caution about any sort of military involvement including the imposition of a no-fly zone.