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Chavez Pledges Support to Bolivia's Evo Morales

January 04, 2006|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez promised visiting Bolivian President-elect Evo Morales fuel, economic cooperation and backing for coca leaf farmers.

Chavez and Morales, a former coca leaf farmer, have antagonized the U.S. government with their alliance with Cuba and promotion of leftist cooperation to counter U.S. market policies in Latin America.

Chavez said Venezuela would supply 150,000 barrels a month of diesel fuel in exchange for farm products, provide $30 million in financing for social programs and support Morales' crusade to protect coca crops against U.S. eradication campaigns.

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