José Miguel Insulza, Secretary-General of the Organization
of American States (OAS), Friday said it is up to the Venezuelan
courts to solve a dispute over the renewal by the Venezuelan
government of a broadcast license for private television network
Insulza in Spain told Efe that "the only problem facing Venezuela,
like in many other countries, is the fact that the State is
empowered to grant and renew television licenses."
Therefore, he added, "beyond my personal opinion, this issue
will be solved legally in Venezuela."
RCTV filed a claim with OAS Inter-American Commission on
Human Rights arguing that President Hugo Chávez' government
has refused to renew its broadcast license on political motivations.
In Venezuela "there is an all out political discussion on
whether the license expired or not," Insulza added.
"Another issue is whether licenses should be time-bound or
not, whether they can be terminated and what are the steps
for their issuance."
"Beyond my personal opinion, no country has addressed this
issue at the OAS Council, and as far as no country has raised
this affair at the OAS or the Iberoamerican General Secretariat
(SEGIB) or anywhere else, the international bodies are unlikely
to do anything."