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 group of some 60 Venezuelan economists from across the country and from different generations and backgrounds, has met regularly in the past couple of years and now has brought forth a document explaining the reasons of the current emergency and outlining specific proposals on how to address the serious economic crisis the country has plunged into over the last three years.