Oil agreements under investigation at the National Assembly|
Energy Minister: "The old Pdvsa was just anti-national"
Rafael Ramírez said there is a close relationship between oil and politics
|"By means of the oil opening, multinationals intended to deprive the Venezuelan people of the sovereign use of our major resource -oil" (Photo: EFE)|
Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and president of state oil
company Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) Rafael Ramírez
appeared before the National Assembly following a summons
issued by the committee that investigates oil agreements during
a session headed by Deputy Rodrigo Cabezas (MVR).
Ramírez arrived together with dozen government followers,
presumably Pdvsa workers, who expressed their support to the
minister outside of the legislature.
The minister started by saying that "the close relationship
between oil and politics is well known."
The official listed a number of historical events to illustrate
his point. While oil drilling began almost 100 years ago,
such relationship is getting closer at the present time.
"The coup of April 11, 2002 and the oil sabotage beginning
January that same year do attest to it. The collapse of the
fourth republic and domestic deep crisis are closely related
In the minister's opinion, the opening during the nineties
"resulted in a real attack on Venezuelan oil, framed by some
international agencies of consuming countries and longstanding
"They joined the oil meritocracy, oligarchy and its political
representatives to plot against the Venezuelan state, causing
collapse and subsequent economic and social crisis," he added.
According to Ramírez, it was a plot to undermine the
foundations of the oil industry. "By means of the oil opening,
multinationals intended to deprive the Venezuelan people of
the sovereign use of our major resource -oil."
"Old Pdvsa was just anti-national."
Translated by Conchita