US expects compliance with the Constitution in case of Chávez's succession
The US Department of State does not have any plans to appoint an ambassador to Venezuela
"Obviously, we would like any succession to meet the terms of the Venezuelan Constitution. We are obviously watching the events (in Venezuela) carefully," US Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said, DPA cited.
As she explained, Washington and the rest of the hemisphere, including Venezuelans themselves, expect that if new elections are necessary, they will be "peaceful, inclusive, free, and conducted on a level playing field" so that Venezuela can have "the opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to representative democracy."
When asked whether she wished a fast recovery for Chávez, the US representative said she did, "As with anybody who is suffering what he is suffering."
Regarding the status of US-Venezuela bilateral relations, Nuland remarked: "We obviously want the best possible communications between our government and the Venezuelan Government on all issues of mutual interest, including but not limited to counternarcotics, counterterrorism, rule of law, trade, etc. But we do not currently have any plans to resume relations at the ambassadorial level with Caracas."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.