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Chavez denies helping separatists, blames US

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Chavez denies helping separatists, blames US


The Venezuelan president has denied accusations  that his government has helped both Colombian and Spanish armed separatists.
A judge in Spain’s High Court ruled that Hugo Chavez aided cooperation between FARC and ETA.
But Chavez has said the allegation, and a recent pan-American report that details human rights abuses in Venezuela, is part of an American plot against him.  
He told reporters: “All that it’s like an orchestra. On one side there’s the royal Spanish court and on the other side there’s Washington. And finally there’s the court of Human Rights, which the other day dedicated nearly 300 pages to us. And that is no coincidence, it’s all orchestrated. Behind all that of course is the Yankee empire.”
Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero says he is waiting for an explanation from Venezuela regarding the accusation from judge Eloy Velasco.
Velasco yesterday issued arrest warrants for 13 suspected FARC and ETA members. He said Venezuela acted as a go-between, helping the two groups plot attacks on Spanish soil. Among FARC’s alleged plans was the assassination of Colombian president Alvaro Uribe during a trip to Spain, for which they needed logistical help from their fellow separatists, the Basque group ETA.

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