Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Thursday said his government
does not recognize the independence of Kosovo from Serbia,
arguing that the move is part of "a plan of the empire" of
the United States "to continue to undermine governments around
According to Chávez, the declaration of Kosovo's independence may become "a very dangerous precedent" that may seriously harm peace worldwide.
Venezuela does not acknowledge Kosovo's independence. "We do protest against this, as this is part of the US pressure. I do not know how some countries in Europe accepted this. For example, would Italy like the southern region of Italy to become independent? Would any country like that? What about France, England or any country in Latin America?"
Further, Chávez showed "concern" that the United Nations are "playing along this game of the United States," a country Chávez branded as "decadent hopeless empire."
HUMAN RIGHTS Leopoldo López and Daniel Ceballos called for their own release and that of all the political prisoners in Venezuela.
LOPEZ'S CASE Tanzanian lawyer Roland Adjovi, one of the five members of the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, noted that the resolution urging Venezuela to release opposition leaders Leopoldo López and Daniel Ceballos "is binding upon the government," and added that the authorities had to "observe the group's decision."
LOPEZ CASE Europe has been following up the trial against opposition leader Leopoldo López, founder of the Voluntad Popular party. On Tuesday, Jaap Van Der Zeeuw and Gerhard Enderly, chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of the Netherlands, and Consul of Austria to Venezuela, respectively, attended the sixth trial hearing.