Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Spanish Minister of Foreign
Affairs, Wednesday said the Spanish Embassy in Venezuela has
been, is and will "always be in permanent contact" with Spaniards
hit by land invasions in Venezuela.
During a session at the Spanish Senate, Moratinos replied
to conservative People's Party (PP) senator Dionisio García
Carnero, who criticized the Spanish government's "ineffectiveness"
to advocate the rights of Spaniards residing in Venezuela,
Moratinos regretted that García Carnero accused the
government of "hiding, in the first place, and then minimizing"
the occupation by the Venezuelan Army of farms and ranches
owned by Spaniards. Moratinos reminded PP senator that using
the situation of these citizens as "a projectile" is "enormously
Moratinos ensured that the Embassy would assist "any Spanish
citizen" requesting so, and asked for respect for the work
of Ambassador Raúl Morodo and the diplomatic staff in
García Carnero branded as a "shame" the fact that Moratinos
did not notice "any taint" in an "authoritarian" government
like Hugo Chávez' and that the Spanish diplomat "has
no problem to conceal and hide the tragedy many Spaniards
are living" in Venezuela.
"He (Moratinos) has not rebuked the totalitarian government
of Hugo Chávez," García Carnero added.
Earlier in the session, senator for the Basque Nationalist
Party Iñaki Anasagasti asked Moratinos to "condemn" the
non-renewal of the broadcast license for Caracas-based private
television station RCTV.
Moratinos replied by reasserting the Spanish Government's
"deep concern" and "rejection" regarding the RCTV case. He
branded the Venezuelan government's move as "an administrative
decision" in which "you cannot interfere," but avoided using
the term "condemnation."