Chavez says Venezuela will keep supporting Syria's government

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."