Venezuelan Vice-President José Vicente Rangel replied
to the remarks of Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo. The
ruler had criticized meddling of his Venezuelan counterpart
in Peruvian internal affairs and called him a destabilizing
factor in the hemisphere.
In a press release from the Vice-President's Office, Rangel reckoned that Toledo's remarks are veiled by his failed administration, whereas President Chávez plays a major role in hemispheric stability.
"The Peruvian government has a newborn's skin. It is extremely sensitive in reference to Venezuela. If only they had this same sensitivity when dealing with other nations and under other circumstances."
The Vice-President ruled out any attempt by the Venezuelan government to influence on the Peruvian elections. "This is completely false. If he said so due to the recent visit of candidate for president Ollanta Humala, that matter was duly clarified and the Peruvian administration itself admitted it."
"If he said so due to the reference made by President Chávez to candidate for president Lourdes Flores, undoubtedly, she is a speaker of powerful oligarchic groups. In addition, every time she visits Venezuela, she focuses insolently on lashing out at the Venezuelan president."
LOPEZ CASE The Venezuelan mission at the United Nations in Geneva has sent a notice to the Office of United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) labeling as "unreasonable" the latter's petition to release Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López.
HUMAN RIGHTS Spanish President Mariano Rajoy and Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, gathered on Wednesday in Madrid. At the meeting, Rajoy expressed his concerns about the detention of the dissenter, whose immediate release was requested by the United Nations in a resolution issued recently.
LOPEZ'S CASE Lilian Tintori, the wife of detained opposition leader Leopoldo López, asserted on Tuesday that "justice is militarized in Venezuela," because the Venezuelan government "has not observed" the resolution issued by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the United Nations (UN) asking for the release of her husband.