CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela's top diplomat on Thursday echoed Fidel Castro's accusation that Washington is fomenting unrest in Libya to justify an invasion to seize North African nation's oil reserves.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro claimed the United States is trying to create a movement inside Libya aimed at toppling Muammar Gaddafi.
Maduro did not condemn or defend the violent crackdown on Libyans participating in the popular uprising against Gaddafi's long rule.
But he questioned the veracity of media reports on the bloody uprising, which has crept closer to Gaddafi's stronghold in Tripoli.
"They are creating conditions to justify an invasion of Libya," Maduro said.
"Libya is going through difficult times, which should not be measured with information from imperial news agencies," Maduro added, referring to Western media.