CARACAS, Thursday August 23, 2007 | Update
Minister Maduro complains about anti-government insane plans
Thursday August 23, 2007  02:36 PM

The canned food with a photo of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez found in Peru and the scandal of the suitcase filled with USD 800,000 and seized in Argentina are part of "the same insane plot" against Venezuela, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicolás Maduro told reporters in Brasilia on Thursday.

Maduro linked both cases and complained about "a global campaign to undermine President Chávez' leadership, characterized by candor and commitment against corruption," Efe quoted.

With regard to an international bench warrant issued by Interpol against Venezuelan businessman Guido Antonini Wilson, the holder of the suitcase, Maduro said that "it forms part of the investigation" and held the Venezuelan government harmless from the affair.
Last August 4th, on the eve of Chávez visit to Buenos Aires, the Argentinean customs seized USD 800,000 in cash that Antonini Wilson tried to bring in without declaring the amount. He landed in a private flight from Caracas. High-ranking officials with Argentinean state energy company Enarsa and senior staff with state-run oil holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) were also onboard the plane.

Economic Impact of Border Shutdown

Businesspersons resort to bilateral diplomacy

BORDERS The members of the National Council of Trade and Services (Consecomercio) have appealed to the diplomacy of Venezuela and Colombia to build bridges of understanding and agreement for a solution to the problems on the border.

Arranged review of border shutdown is requested

BORDERS The Venezuelan-Colombian Chamber of Economic Integration (Cavecol) bets on conciliation and volunteers as "factor of understanding" between the parties in view of the situation resulting from the shutdown of the Venezuela-Colombia border, reiterated Cavecol CEO Víctor Montiel.

Shutdown of Venezuela-Colombia border causes daily losses for USD 400,000

BORDERS A shutdown for 72 hours of the Venezuela-Colombia border results in over USD 400,000 in losses and harms about 100,000 people, disclosed on Friday Edgar Díaz, the governor of Colombian department of Norte de Santander (northeast). He added that the situation in the area is "in full calm." Estampas
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