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Chavez Says Obama Is Playing a ‘Sad Role’ in Bombing of Libya

U.S. President Barack Obama’s intervention in Libya clashes with his status as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said.

“The president of the United States is playing a sad role and meanwhile his government is already involved in five wars and is now opening a new front of war and bombs,” Chavez said in comments carried on state television.

The U.S. and its allies bombed targets belonging to forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Qaddafi for a third day after the United Nations Security Council approved a resolution to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya.

Chavez, who has compared the Libyan leader to Latin American liberation hero Simon Bolivar, offered to mediate earlier this month in the Libyan crisis that has divided the North African country and sent oil prices surging.

Chavez criticized Obama’s speech in Santiago, Chile, saying it left a “lot to be desired as regards to the seriousness of the U.S. Government.”

“Venezuelan demands that imperial aggressions end, the bombs and death against and innocent people and that a UN commission be named to go to Libya to negotiate, and end to the fire to end the civil war and that the Libyan people define freely their own destiny,” Chavez said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Charlie Devereux in Caracas at cdevereux3@bloomberg.net. To contact the reporter on this story: Daniel Cancel in Caracas at dcancel@bloomberg.net

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