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Chavez Says US Ambassador Lying About Drug Trade in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused the U.S. ambassador to his country of lying about increased drug trafficking in Venezuela.

President Chavez said Wednesday that William Brownfield should retract his statements if the U.S. really wants improved U.S.-Venezuela relations.

Earlier this week, Brownfield said cocaine shipments in Venezuela have drastically increased since the country stopped cooperating with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Mr. Chavez called those statements false.

Since his re-election earlier this month, the United States has said it hoped to improve relations with the government of Mr. Chavez, a strong critic of the U.S.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.