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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 02:33 AM

Venezuela VP criticizes 'manipulations' in reports on recent conversations with US officials

Venezuela VP criticizes 'manipulations' in reports on recent conversations with US officials
Article by: JORGE RUEDA , Associated Press
Updated: January 3, 2013 - 7:37 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's vice president on Thursday suggested that reports about recent contacts between U.S. and Venezuelan diplomats were distorted in implying the conversations were initial efforts toward improving relations if President Hugo Chavez dies. He said Chavez authorized the conversations.

Vice President Nicolas Maduro spoke on television upon his return from Cuba, where he and other officials met with the ailing president more than three weeks after he underwent cancer surgery.

"In these days, we've seen how there have been attempts to distort an event that was simply sought to be carried out with the authorization of the president" in late November and early December, Maduro said. "And it has to do with the relationship with the government of the United States."

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Some recent news stories have raised questions about whether contacts between U.S. and Venezuelan diplomats could potentially lead to an improvement in long-strained relations if Chavez's health continued to worsen.

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http://www.startribune.com/world/185608312.html?refer=y

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