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World Powers Mull Libya Strategy

August 24, 2011

VOA News

World powers are strategizing their next moves for relations with Libya.

French envoys said Wednesday the country is working with its allies to draw up a United Nations resolution that would unfreeze Libyan assets. The assets were blocked by U.N. Security Council sanctions.

British officials also said Wednesday they are exploring ways to help Tripoli, if leader Moammar Gadhafi no longer retains control.

Nicaragua said it will consider offering asylum to Gadhafi. But an aide to President Daniel Ortega said Tuesday the Libyan leader has not requested the assistance.

Also Tuesday, the Chinese government said it is asking the U.N. to lead post-conflict efforts in Libya. Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to play a leading role and work with other groups to restore order.

China, which has billions of dollars in trade deals with Libya, initially adopted a policy of non-interference in Libya's revolution and refused to follow the lead of other countries in recognizing the Libyan rebels as the country's new government.

Ban is expected to hold an urgent meeting this week on Libya with major organizations that include the African Union, European Union and Arab League.

The African Union, which tried to mediate the Libyan conflict, has yet to recognize the rebels. AU heads of state are scheduled to hold a series of meetings in Ethiopia this week.

Despite the Libyan rebels recent military gains, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared Tuesday that he will continue to recognize Gadhafi as Libya's legitimate ruler. He also reiterated his statements condemning the NATO airstrikes in the country and accusing Western countries of seeking to steal Libya's resources.



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