CARACAS, Tuesday March 10, 2009 | Update
The Venezuelan government has no links to the so-called ALBA Houses operating in Peru, said on Tuesday Armando Laguna, Venezuela's ambassador to Peru. Laguna dismissed a report of Peruvian legislators who accused Venezuela and Bolivia of ideological infiltration.
In a meeting with the foreign press, Laguna said that in Peru some offices that promote free surgeries to poor people in Venezuelan and Bolivian cities are mistakenly called as ALBA Houses. The Venezuelan ambassador said that these offices had nothing to do with the Bolivarian Alternative for the People of our America (ALBA), AP reported.
The ALBA is an international treaty with the following signatory countries: Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Honduras and Dominica, Laguna said.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.