Venezuelan ambassador fingers Panamanian counterpart of meddling
Roy Chaderton rebutted the remarks of the Panamanian ambassador, who expressed reservations about the decision made by Venezuelan government branches concerning the inauguration of President Hugo Chávez
"As a politician familiar with tricks, arrangements and interests, I must confess that I would rather argue with the owner of the circus instead of the most flamboyant and funny presenter, yet the owner of the circus is too smart and prefers others to be the spokespersons of his interests," Chaderton replied to Cochez. Earlier, the Panamanian ambassador had expressed doubts about the lawfulness of the decisions made by Venezuelan government branches regarding the inauguration of President Hugo Chávez, AVN quoted.
He added that, as a diplomat, "even out of professional deformation," he refrains himself from expressing his view of the internal affairs of foreign countries, "unless in response to meddling."
"Even at this stage, Mr. Ambassador of Panama, I refuse to admit that your onslaught on my country and my government, as well as your venomous and miserable comments on President (Hugo) Chávez's health, who, incidentally, you expect him to be dead, are made under your government orders," he said when taking the floor.
Last January 10, OAS Secretary-General José Miguel Insulza declared that the organization "fully respects, as it could not be otherwise, the decision made by Venezuela's constitutional powers with regard to the inauguration of the president of that country," based on a judgment from the Supreme Tribunal of Justice.
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.