Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Chavez: military helped Zelaya return to Honduras

NEW YORK — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says the ousted Honduran president sneaked back to his country with the help of Honduran military personnel.

Chavez says ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya traveled by plane, in the trunk of a car and in tractors from Nicaragua to Honduras in a secret operation aided by supporters in the military.

He says that Zelaya told him in a telephone conversation that he would return to Honduras even if it cost him his life.

Chavez made the comments Wednesday at the Lincoln Center before the premier of Oliver Stone's documentary titled "South of the border."

The 75-minute documentary features interviews with Chavez as well as other South American leaders who Stone says represent "sweeping changes" in the region in recent years.

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