CARACAS, Wednesday June 14, 2006 | Update
"Of course we are going to control non-governmental organizations
(ONGs). We will do it because that is what the people are
asking. In doing so, we are to meet the people's expectations
of social justice regarding many issues left unsolved in the
past," said ruling party MVR lawmaker Iris Varela in connection
with a draft international cooperation law the Venezuelan
Parliament is considering for approval.
Varela, a member of the National Assembly Foreign Policy Committee, added: "We have to control the activities of a group of organizations that are using a façade of NGO and human rights advocates, while they get funds from the United States for political purposes and for plotting against the Government" of President Hugo Chávez.
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.