Opposition deputy: The Venezuelan gov't targets gold to negotiate debt
Venezuela's opposition deputy Américo De Grazia dismissed China-Venezuela agreement over gold mines
Venezuelan authorities "are seeking the highest bidder and they have found it. That is why we have regarded this as a fraud against the nation," De Grazia remarked, adding that the "government has plans to use the natural resource as a means to negotiate its own debt."
The opposition leader stressed that said negotiation "is by no means beneficial for Venezuela and will rather lead to increased debt or could be used to pay the current debt with gold and diamonds (...)."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."