Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has sent a trusted adviser to Athens as speculation grows that he is trying to find a way out of his stand-off with the international community.
The diplomatic mission comes amid signs that those close to Gaddafi are becoming nervous about the long-term consequences of his defiance.
Libya’s deputy Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi flew to Greece carrying a personal message from Gaddafi to Greek premier George Papandreou. It is thought the Libyan leader is seeking a way to stop the fighting.
Meanwhile, the US agreed to keep its fighter jets in the region for an extra 24-hours at NATO’s request.
Bad weather hampered the alliance carrying out certain operations and there is apparent Western disappointment at the rebels’ inability to advance without continued air cover.