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Leftist Latin Leaders Float Haiti Aid Plan

Monday, 25 January 2010 10:38 AM

CARACAS - Venezuela said Sunday that it and its leftist allies are going to help re-build earthquake-torn Haiti, perhaps challenging similar re-construction plans being largely led by the U.S. and the United Nations.

Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, has been critical of the U.S. relief efforts in Haiti ever since shortly after the quake struck Jan. 12, killing some 150,000 people or more.

During his "Hello, President" television program Sunday, Chavez said unilateral efforts by Venezuela to get food, fuel and other supplies to the Haitians have been stymied by the U.S., and he said he's getting tired of it.

"Venezuela's humanitarian shipment had to be sent by water then by land through the Dominican Republic because our ships can't dock at any Haitian port because those that are [in working condition] have been taken by the Yankees," the president said.

Chavez said his Haiti re-construction plan is for Venezuela, Cuba and other members of the left-leaning regional trade group Alba to build hospitals and schools and to help develop agriculture projects.

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