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Possibility of "geopolitical turmoil" in 2012, says SouthCom Commander

WASHINGTON, D.C. (defend.ht) - The U.S. Air Force Commander for Southern Command, General Douglas M. Fraser, states that geopolitical unrest could occur in Cuba, Haiti, Bolivia and Venezuela in 2012. The General announced this concern testifying before the U.S. Congress on Tuesday.

"In Haiti, while the country has made little progress, it remains vulnerable to natural disasters and economic difficulties," said General Fraser.

"In Venezuela, uncertainty about the health of President Chavez, economic instability and high levels of violence are a lot of pressure on the Venezuelan government," he said.

About Cuba, "the transfer of power from Fidel Castro to his brother Raul has ended, but remains ahead in the long term, the government's efforts towards economic reforms," he argued.

The top military officer said that based on UN figures, Central America has become the most violent region in the world, and within the region, Honduras has played the worst role.

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