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World Briefing

Venezuela

Kadafi, Chavez call for alliance

September 27, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez urged nearly 30 leaders from Africa and South America to form a strong intercontinental alliance to press their interests.

Kadafi called for the two regions to become a political and economic force, saying, "We can transform the world." He proposed a defense alliance of South American and African nations akin to NATO, an idea Chavez has previously raised. The Venezuelan president pledged to put up funding to help create a South American-African development bank.

The two-day meeting on Venezuela's Margarita Island addressed a variety of concerns, including hunger in Africa, the global economic crisis and demands for reforming the United Nations.

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