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 HRW endorsed the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' call on Venezuela to release Leopoldo López.
LOPEZ CASE Without giving many details, Venezuelan Congress' Speaker Diosdado Cabello has claimed he saved opposition leader Leopoldo López's life, adding that there were no negotiations whatsoever days before the dissenter turned himself in to the Bolivarian National Guard earlier this year. "He (López) knew it (information about his possible assassination), too. Why did he turn himself in? He and his family were aware of that," said the legislator in an interview with daily newspaper El Universal.
HUMAN RIGHTS The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, expressed serious concern on Monday at the continued detention of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López, as well as more than 69 other people who were arrested in the context of public protests that took place across Venezuela over several months starting in February this year.