Deputy Ángel Rodríguez, chair of the Energy and
Mines Committee, Venezuelan National Assembly, rebutted as
illegal the rulings by US and British courts to freeze the
assets of Venezuelan oil giant Pdvsa in the US, the United
Kingdom, the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles, as
part of a complaint filed by US oil major Exxon Mobil after
its assets in heavy-crude oil Orinoco belt were seized by
the Venezuelan government last May.
The nationalization process, under which foreign firms were forced to enter into joint ventures where the Venezuelan State holds a majority stake, "comes as part of an exercise of full oil sovereignty in Venezuelan territory. Any dispute or lawsuit should be addressed under the jurisdiction of domestic courts only. Therefore, the National Assembly forcefully rejects the pretensions of the oil multinational to bias the international arbitration -which is a colonialist practice that prevailed in the oil opening agreements initialed in the 90's and which runs counter to the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela."
In Rodríguez's view, the court orders are intended to have an influence on Venezuela's allocations of oil areas, as the Bolivarian government has set principles to diversify partners in hydrocarbons operations and privilege policies favoring Latin American and Caribbean union.
He ratified that Venezuela is free to award future areas in the Orinoco oil belt, which holds the world's largest liquid hydrocarbons reserve.
INTERVIEW Pedro Pablo Fernández faces the tough task of the children of his kind: breaking with the label according to which he is identified as "Eduardo Fernández's son." His categorical, sound style in contrast with his father's calm, smiling mood has helped him frame his own name, in spite of father and son having similar standpoints. A deputy to the Venezuelan National Assembly, an attorney-at-law majoring in economy from the University of Colorado and holder of a Master Degree in Public Policies from Georgetown University, his solitary political performance is nevertheless controversial, particularly after his speech at the parliament during the election of its board, last January.