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>From: Barry Stoller <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>Subject: Chavez on FARC allegations: 'It's a big lie'
>Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2002 19:45:51 -0500
>AP. 1 February 2002.  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Denies Supporting
>Colombian Guerrillas.
>CARACAS -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez insisted Friday his
>government isn't supporting leftist Colombian guerrillas.
>"It's a big lie," Chavez said, responding to speculation that
>Venezuela's army has collaborated with Colombia's largest guerrilla
>group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
>That speculation resurfaced in local news media after Colombian
>authorities on Thursday intercepted a private Venezuelan airplane
>carrying a stockpile of arms and ammunition used by the guerrilla group,
>known as the FARC.
>Since taking office in 1999, Chavez has denied allegations that his
>government was secretly supporting Marxist guerrillas in Colombia's
>civil war, where leftist rebels are fighting government forces and
>rightist paramilitaries.
>"There are people who have endeavored, looking for anything, to convince
>others that Hugo Chavez is supporting Colombian guerrillas. ... It's a
>lie. We support peace," Chavez said.
>Chavez said he trusted that Colombian President Andres Pastrana "would
>not suspect" Venezuela of aiding rebel groups.
>Colombia's ambassador to Venezuela, German Bula, said Colombia needed to
>study the video. But he said relations between Colombia and Venezuela
>have improved over the past year. With Colombia's endorsement, Venezuela
>has acted as a mediator in efforts to end Colombia's 38-year-old civil
>Foreign Minister Luis Alfonzo Davila met with Bula and said Friday there
>would be no official comment about the video until "an evaluation" was
>Davila said the airplane captured in Colombia had taken off from Tachira
>state in western Venezuela. The pilot, Julio Pena, and the plane's owner
>are Venezuelan nationals, he said. Pena is in Colombian custody.
>. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
>Barry Stoller

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