Libyan deputy minister says government accepts Chavez plan

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim said on Friday the government had accepted a peace initiative put forward by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

His statement followed an apparent rejection of the plan by Saif al Islam, a son of Muammar Gaddafi, who said on Thursday he appreciated the offer but there was no need for help from Venezuela.

Kaim said the Chavez initiative stated a committee would be formed by African, Asian and Latin American countries “to help the international dialogue and to help the restoration of peace and stability.”

“We have said that Libya has accepted the initiative of Hugo Chavez of Venezuela,” Kaim told reporters.

(Reporting by Maria Golovnina; writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; editing by Philippa Fletcher)