ALBA to create mediation team

Caracas, 10 Mar. AVN .- Member states of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) began taking steps to create a mediation team to try to end violence in Libya and enable the African country to find a peaceful solution to the political crisis it endures three weeks ago.

Ecuadorian deputy foreign minister Kintto Lucas said the statement according to a report from AFP. He also affirmed that the Bolivarian bloc “is proposing some trips and contacts” to start creating the peace commission, initiative raised by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Lucas said they are trying to get support on the United Nations Organization, whose Security Council has imposed sanctions on the Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi without having sent a commission to investigate the violent events in which have allegedly died 1,000 people.

Nevertheless, the number of dead people reported by the media has dropped from 10,000 to 400, according to a report from doctors who work in the African country.

The Ecuadorian diplomat expressed that ALBA actions aim at “a mediation which leads to peace, taking into account the opinion of the Libyan people themselves, instead of imposing it from abroad.”

While the initiative advances, the United States Government and its allies have deployed troops and military arsenal in the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea to begin a warlike incursion in Libya, which has Africa”s largest oil reserves.

Though Lucas did not explain which countries were being contacted or where ALBA delegates would travel to, last Friday President Hugo Chavez said the bloc”s foreign ministers may act “with a political team to coordinate with countries of Africa, the Arab League, the African Union” and “other countries to try to shape this team.”


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