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In flowery letter from sickbed, Venezuela's Chavez calls for regional unity

A member of the media looks at a screen as Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro reads a letter from Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez during a general meeting at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago, January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

A member of the media looks at a screen as Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro reads a letter from Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez during a general meeting at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in...more

A member of the media looks at a screen as Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro reads a letter from Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez during a general meeting at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago, January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez
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Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) reads a letter from Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez as he is accompanied by his Foreign Minister Elias Jaua (2nd R) as they attend a general meeting at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago in this picture provided by the Summit Press on January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Summit Press/Handout

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) reads a letter from Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez as he is accompanied by his Foreign Minister Elias Jaua (2nd R) as they attend a general meeting at the summit of the Community of Latin American and...more

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) reads a letter from Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez as he is accompanied by his Foreign Minister Elias Jaua (2nd R) as they attend a general meeting at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago in this picture provided by the Summit Press on January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Summit Press/Handout
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Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) reads a letter from Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez as he is accompanied by his Foreign Minister Elias Jaua as they attend a general meeting at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago in this picture provided by the Summit Press on January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Summit Press/Handout

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) reads a letter from Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez as he is accompanied by his Foreign Minister Elias Jaua as they attend a general meeting at the summit of the Community of Latin American and...more

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro (R) reads a letter from Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez as he is accompanied by his Foreign Minister Elias Jaua as they attend a general meeting at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago in this picture provided by the Summit Press on January 28, 2013. REUTERS/Summit Press/Handout
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Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro reads a letter from President Hugo Chavez at a general meeting at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago, January 28, 2013. The letter reads: "Onwards to victory. Long live to the unity of our people. Long live CELAC". REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro reads a letter from President Hugo Chavez at a general meeting at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago, January 28, 2013. The letter reads: "Onwards to...more

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro reads a letter from President Hugo Chavez at a general meeting at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago, January 28, 2013. The letter reads: "Onwards to victory. Long live to the unity of our people. Long live CELAC". REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout
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Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro reads a letter from President Hugo Chavez during a general meeting at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago, January 28, 2013. Chavez, Venezuela's cancer-stricken president, made his presence felt at a regional summit on Monday with a flowery letter from his sickbed in Cuba that was laced with literary references and calls for Latin American unity. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro reads a letter from President Hugo Chavez during a general meeting at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago, January 28, 2013. Chavez, Venezuela's...more

Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro reads a letter from President Hugo Chavez during a general meeting at the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago, January 28, 2013. Chavez, Venezuela's cancer-stricken president, made his presence felt at a regional summit on Monday with a flowery letter from his sickbed in Cuba that was laced with literary references and calls for Latin American unity. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout
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