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Chavez: Negotiations helped end prison standoff

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he personally spoke with some inmates before prisoners agreed in negotiations to end a prison standoff.

Chavez says he spoke with the inmates by phone.

The three-week standoff at La Planta prison in Caracas ended Friday night as the last of more than 1,600 inmates filed out and stepped aboard trucks to be moved to other prisons. Inmates had begun to emerge after heavy gunfire erupted at the prison Thursday.

A group of armed inmates had effectively kept the authorities out of the prison since late last month. Chavez said on television Monday that he had been worried the faceoff would end "in a disaster." He said the situation was resolved through dialogue.

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