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.
US / EU Actions
HUMAN RIGHTS In a communiqué issued by the Venezuelan Foreign Office, the government rebutted and labeled as "interventionist" the resolution issued by the European Parliament (EP) on December 18 on Venezuela.
US SANCTIONS The US government has meted out sanctions to 33 Venezuelan current and former government officers in the past six years, most of them linked with drug trafficking and human rights abuses.
HUMAN RIGHTS The European Parliament "categorically" condemned in a resolution political "persecution" in Venezuela, as well as "repression" against opposition parties.