CARACAS, Tuesday November 23, 2004 | Update
Iñaki Anasagasti, a senator for the Bask Nationalist
Party (PNV), Tuesday rejected the fact that Venezuelan President
Hugo Chávez introduced changes in his visit to the Spanish
Senate, "thus avoiding questions about the 'media gag law'".
Anasagasti showed news agency Efe Chávez' original scheduled visit to the Senate, which included meetings with the members of the Foreign Affairs and Iberoamerican Affairs committees. But "in the last minute" Chávez' visit was rescheduled and said meetings were eliminated.
Anasagasti showed unease at this decision and is to complain before the Senate because, according to him, this move has prevented "Chávez from being asked about a regulation that restricts freedom of speech in Venezuela."
Chávez' visit to the Spanish Senate was included in a two-day official visit he is paying to Spain, and that is to conclude on Tuesday with a meeting with Spanish President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
10:07 AM. DIPLOMACY. Admired by the Colombian guerrilla after his coup attempt in 1992, the then lieutenant colonel Hugo Chávez Frías received financial support by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) for his projects after his capture that year. This mostly explains the relationship and "debt" between the parties, as revealed by a paper of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) of the United Kingdom.