The Venezuelan President insisted in saying that Colombian presidential candidate Juan Manuel Santos could lead to a war in the region
"If (Juan Manuel) Santos (is elected) as (Colombia's) President, he could cause a war in this part of the world, upon instructions from the Yankees," President Hugo Chávez said during his Sunday TV and radio show Aló Presidente.
He clarified that he has no candidate for the Colombian elections to be held on May 30, adding that he was willing to resume relations with the neighboring country, "regardless of the winner" of the elections, but if ties "are based on mutual respect."
Chávez said that the former Colombian Defense Minister "is trying to dress as Little Red Riding Hood. We would have to say then, Little Red Riding Hood Santos! (But) he is a wolf sent to bomb and invade Ecuador," such as in the raid (March 2008), where the Colombian army killed Raúl Reyes, the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
"I'm not going to tolerate a single act of disrespect toward our country, because they are not only affecting me but to the Venezuelan people and our Armed Forces. How long are they going to continue repeating that we have guerrillas hidden here, that Venezuelan soldiers give courses to terrorists? ... It's a lie. Instead, they have killed our officers, troops and kidnap our people."
In his view, Santos "should start putting things in order in his head," because "being a minister is not the same thing that being a President of a country." "He should start by saying: I was wrong. I am sorry; as his President did (...) He says that he is proud (of the operation in Ecuador) and that they have to find terrorists where they are." "If he is elected President, we'll see (...) It's up to the people of Colombia, but we will not remain silent," Chávez said.
DIPLOMACY The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Uruguayan Luis Almagro, is holding talks with the Venezuelan government to schedule the date and the agenda of his upcoming visit to the country, sources from his team told Efe on Monday.
HUMAN RIGHTS Leaders and supporters of opposition coalition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) staged a march on Thursday, convened by Un Nuevo Tiempo (UNT) party, to the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Caracas in order to submit a document denouncing serious human rights abuses in Venezuela, food shortages, and illegal disqualifications of opposition leaders.
HUMAN RIGHTS The trial against the barred 31st Control Judge María Lourdes Afiuni and the ill treatment suffered while she was detained confronted on Tuesday the Venezuelan delegation who appeared at the United Nations Human Rights Committee and some of its members. The Committee assessed Venezuela's performance with regard to noncompliance with civil and political rights.