Martinelli: Panama does not endorse ambassador's view about Venezuela
The Venezuelan foreign minister on Thursday told a Colombian radio network that he spoke with the Panamanian president, who apologized for the opinion voiced by his ambassador to the Organization of American States
"We do not endorse the opinion of Ambassador Cochez; neither does the Panamanian State. That was his personal view," Martinelli told reporters, EFE cited.
"Panama reaffirms its stance of respect for the domestic political processes of States. In the case of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, we hope for the prompt recovery of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez," read a Panamanian official communiqué issued on Thursday.
For his part, Ambassador Cochez told a Panamanian radio station that he just criticized the OAS Secretary-General José Miguel Insulza's decision to uphold the situation facing Venezuela.
On Thursday, Venezuelan newly appointed Foreign Minister Elías Jaua revealed told a Colombian radio network that he spoke with the Panamanian president, who apologized for the opinion voiced by his ambassador to the OAS.
Luis Jiménez Alfaro seems to have hidden under the rocks. The last time he was seen was on April 2006 walking calmly around Simón Bolívar International Airport of Maiquetía, located nearby Caracas. At that time, more than five tons of cocaine arrived in Mexico in an airplane which took off from Venezuela, and his name featured as a missing piece of the puzzle of one of the most massive drug shipments that has been witnessed in the Western Hemisphere.