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US: Decision to evict the Venezuelan Consul was not taken flippantly

US Department of State Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland could not confirm whether Livia Acosta Nougera left already

EL UNIVERSAL
Monday January 09, 2012  04:45 PM


The US Government "did not take lightly" the decision to expel Venezuela's Consul to Miami (Florida) Livia Acosta Noguera, Victoria Nuland, the US Department of State Spokeswoman, said on Monday.

"We do not act flippantly when we declare somebody persona non grata," Nuland averred in a press conference and refused to "comment on specific grounds" upon which Washington resolved to ask Acosta to leave the United States by January 10, Efe quoted.

"Obviously, the reasons which led to the expulsion are annoying," Nuland conceded and preferred not to give more comments to "protect sensitive information."
The Spokeswoman could not tell whether Acosta already left the United States and affirmed that the Department of State "has not received an official reply from the Venezuelan government."

Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicolás Maduro told Efe on Monday in Chile that his country would give "on due time" a "clear, firm and timely" reply to the action taken against Acosta.

The Embassy of Venezuela in the United States was served the official notice of the expulsion last Friday and it was apprised that the Consul should leave the country before January 10, as reported on Sunday by US State Department Spokesman for Latin America William Ostick.

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