CARACAS, Wednesday January 05, 2005 | Update
"El Charcote," a cattle ranch owned by the British Vestey
Group, is to be seized on Saturday "with state machinery,
to settle a first group of men participating in the Mission
Land and Mission Free Men," said Alexis Ortiz, solicitor general
of rich farmland Cojedes State.
After a meeting at the Executive Vice President's Office, he explained that the move is to be supported by "the National Armed Force and local police corps, as well as officials from Governor Johnny Yánez Rangel's Office."
"We are currently making the first steps and flying over the ranch to determine the areas of operation. In this way, we are going to determine the number of people that to participate in the operation," Ortiz added.
The intention is "to put order in chaos." According to Ortiz, the ranch has an approximate surface of 13,000 hectares, with 3,500 hectares belonging to the state. Nevertheless, all of the estate will be seized, "because we want to know its present conditions."
"We do not have anything to communicate to the British Embassy. The only territories deemed a part of such country are its diplomatic premises and consulates. And, since we are not intervening any of these buildings, there is nothing to advise."
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.