CARACAS, Tuesday January 25, 2005 | Update
Venezuelan Executive VP José Vicente Rangel Tuesday
replied to US Department of State Spokesman Adam Ereli's statements
by saying that the US administration keeps on "attacking the
Venezuelan government and its people."
"Venezuela does not have to account to the US administration for what is happening here. Venezuela will provide the information requested by the Colombian government in due time and under no pressure," said Rangel in a press release issued by the Vice President's office.
Rangel accused the US for "fanning the confrontation flames" instead of assuming an "inconspicuous stance which favors understanding between Colombia and Venezuela."
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.