Venezuela’s president and Gaddafi ally says that the Libyan leader wants the United Nations to come to the North African country to “see the reality of what’s happening”.

Hugo Chavez said: “I consulted with him. I asked him if he was willing to accept a commission of countries,” Chavez told state-run VTV Thursday night. “And he told me, ‘Look, Chavez, not only of countries; I hope the whole United Nations come here to see the reality of what’s happening before they start condemning the Libyan government or the Libyan people, before they start thinking as they are now, and preparing to invade Libya.”

Chavez proposed sending an international “goodwill commission” to mediate in Libya.

Chavez said plans to invade Libya were “a madness, and in front of that madness, as always, the Yankee empire that tries to dominate the world, at the cost of fire and blood.”

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Chavez and Gaddafi are allies, united in their opposition to U.S. global influence.

A football stadium in Benghazi was even named after the Venezuela leader.

A few weeks ago it was rumoured that Gaddafi had fled Libya for Venezuela, but these rumours were unfounded.

Chavez added: “We must be cautious. We know what our policy is: we do not support invasions, or massacres, or anything, no matter who does it. But there is no doubt that, regarding Libya, a campaign of lies is being woven — the same that has been woven about

Venezuela for a long time.”

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Meanwhile, the Libyan leader is set to be investigated for crimes against humanity, along with his sons and senior aides.

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, has said that he plans to carry out the investigation following the deaths of thousands of people after security forces targeted protesters.

Moreno-Ocampo said no-one had the right to massacre civilians.