US: On January 10, the decision should be "free, fair and transparent"
US State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Washington is a mere observer of the political situation in Venezuela. She added the debate concerning President Hugo Chávez's no-show on January 10 for his inauguration, "must take place peacefully and without violence from any of the sides"
"It is an issue that Venezuelans must decide in a way that includes all voices in discussion," said Nuland, who insisted again that for the moment, Washington is only observing the situation, reported DPA.
Of course, she added, such decision should be taken in a "free, fair and transparent way that ensures equal political conditions in Venezuela." "We are concerned that all voices are heard," she said.
In this sense, she also stressed that all discussions "should happen peacefully and without violence from either side."
For now, she said, the US Embassy to Caracas has not issued any warning ahead of the demonstration convened by the Venezuelan Government on Thursday in support of Chávez in Caracas. She said Washington continues to monitor the situation.
Nuland said the United States has no other information than what has been disclosed publicly about Chávez's health. "We wish him a quick recovery," she said.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.