The Governments of Syria and Venezuela Thursday criticized
the US administration's "hostile, double-standard policy"
and demanded Israel to retire from the Golan Heights, which
were taken from Syria during the 1967 war, Efe reported.
In a joint press communiqué disseminated Thursday after the Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez' visit to Damascus, both countries underscored that their foreign policies would focus on "confronting the US imperialist policy, which is hegemonic and aggressive all over the world."
According to the statement, Syrian President Bachar al Asad expressed his worries over "the hostile US foreign policy against Venezuela" and asserted the right of the Venezuelan people to self-determination and Venezuela's right to sit at the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member.
Additionally, both rulers reiterated their calls upon the international community to force Israel to abide by UN resolution 497, issued in 1981, which stipulates the retirement of Israeli troops from the Syrian Golan.
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.