Caracas: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
has questioned whether the United States could be giving
cancer to Latin American leaders, after Argentina`s Cristina
Kirchner was diagnosed with the disease.
"Would it be that strange if they had developed
technology to induce cancer without anyone knowing about it?"
Chavez asked, without offering any evidence that such
He made the allegation against his arch-foe in a speech
in which he also expressed his "solidarity" with Kirchner,
whose spokesman said Tuesday she had been diagnosed with
thyroid cancer and would undergo surgery next week.
"It`s very difficult to explain at this point," Chavez
said at a ceremony for national armed forces broadcast by
Even "with the law of probabilities, what has been
happening to some of us in Latin America... it`s strange, very
strange," he said.
Kirchner said earlier Wednesday that Chavez, who has
himself waged a successful battle against cancer, was the
first regional leader to call her to offer support.
Brazil`s President Dilma Rousseff, her predecessor Luiz
Inacio Lula da Silva and Paraguay`s Fernando Lugo have all
been diagnosed with cancer in recent years.
Rousseff and Lugo say they are cancer-free. Lula is