In this photo provided by the Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, center, during a meeting with ministers, Thursday March 29, 2012. Chavez returned home from Cuba Wednesday night, shortly before midnight, after a five day round of radiation therapy and says the cancer treatments are going well during a state television program early Thursday. (AP Photo/Miraflores Presidential Press Office)
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he will keep supporting Syria's government and calls the country's rebels "terrorists."
Chavez said his ally Syrian leader Bashar Assad leads a "legitimate" government.
He likened the violence in Syria to the fighting in Libya that preceded last year's ouster and killing of Moammar Gadhafi, who was also a Chavez ally.
Chavez was asked about Syria during a news conference on Tuesday. He said, in his words, that the "the United States government is one of those most responsible for this disaster."