LIBYA: Venezuela's Hugo Chavez says 'tragedy in Libya is just beginning'
After meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Caracas on Wednesday, Chavez condemned the United States and European countries for NATO's air strikes during Libya's conflict, saying, "they've destroyed a country.''
"What the Yankee empire and the European powers ... want is Libya's oil," Chavez said. "They've destroyed a country and they continue destroying it. How many Libyan children have died?
Chavez has been a staunch defender of Kadafi throughout the conflict and recently called the country's rebels a "group of terrorists.''
On Wednesday, Chavez said that the Venezuelan embassy in Tripoli was "assaulted and totally looted." He didn't give details or say whether anyone was injured at the embassy.
Photo: Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, left, talks to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency.