A USD 1 million-grant from Venezuela to cope with recent
heavy rains is terribly complicated for the Chilean Government
as it could affect its decision to back Venezuela's nomination
to the United Nations (UN) Security Council, local daily La
In order to prevent the acceptance from being construed as for political purposes, the Chilean Foreign Ministry resolved that the Venezuelan contribution should be managed exclusively by the National Emergency Office, Ministry of the Interior, DPA quoted.
However, the newspaper claimed that the central government is to coordinate with authorities to deliver the grant personally to the residents of the VIII Region, in northern Chile.
Last week, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced a contribution of USD 1 million in building materials, fuel and food, among others, for the homeless from heavy rains.
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.