CARACAS, Thursday April 20, 2006 | Update
Peruvian presidential candidate Ollanta Humala Thursday regretted
President Hugo Chávez' claims that the Andean Community
of Nations (CAN) "is dead," and clarified he does support
the regional integration group.
"I find it regrettable because of the Andean community, but I do understand that every country has to protect its own interests," Humala added.
Chávez on Wednesday during a visit to Paraguay said the CAN "is dead; it has been killed; it does not exist." "Venezuela is withdrawing from CAN; it is nonsense. We should do anything else." His comments came after Colombia and Peru initialed Free Trade Agreements with the United States.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.