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Attorneys: Former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez's remains to return home for burial
MIAMI (AP) ' Relatives of former Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez have agreed that he will be buried in Venezuela, ending a bitter family feud.
A joint statement Wednesday by attorneys for both sides says Perez's remains will return to Venezuela for burial as soon as the proper arrangements are made. The parties have agreed that it is in the best interests of the families and of Perez's legacy to end the months-long litigation.
Perez was Venezuela's president from 1974-79 and 1989-93 and died in Miami in December at age 88.
The struggle began when Perez's estranged wife claimed she had the right to take his body home to Venezuela. Perez's longtime companion in Miami insisted he would never return with political arch-foe Hugo Chavez as president.
Perez left no written burial instructions.