CARACAS, Tuesday March 05, 2013 | Update

Venezuelan government evicts two United States diplomats

Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro announced on Tuesday the eviction of US Air Attaché David del Mónaco and US diplomat Debling Costal

"He has been evicted; he has 24 hours to leave Venezuela; our armed forces should be respected; we have forwarded a legal notice to the US government" (Photo: TV screen capture)
Tuesday March 05, 2013  02:10 PM
Venezuela's Vice-President Nicolás Maduro aired on Tuesday a conspiracy in the economic, political and military fields by imperial forces, particularly from the United States. He anticipated an upcoming investigation to ascertain the possibility that President Hugo Chávez was inoculated the cancer he suffers as part of the purported destabilization.

Likewise, the vice-president reported on the eviction of US Defense Attaché David del Mónaco, fingering him as the mastermind of a plot that included the search of Venezuelan military officers for such purpose. "He has been evicted; he has 24 hours to leave Venezuela; our armed forces should be respected; we have forwarded a legal notice to the US government."

"We are tracking other constituent elements of that venomous scheme, intended to disrupt and cause small disturbances."

Minutes later, Foreign Minister Elías Jaua confirmed the decision announced by Maduro to evict US Air Attaché David del Monaco. He said Del Monaco and another US official, named Debling Costal, were declared persona non grata in Venezuela.

Jaua added that the Venezuelan government has worked to restore relations of mutual respect with the United States. He criticized, however, the fact that US top officials continue to issue "meddling" statements. He reminded the alleged US involvement in the coup of April 11, 2002.

Furthermore, Jaua rejected the fact that Governor of Miranda state Henrique Capriles was in New York "plotting to destabilize Venezuela."

This is all there is

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.

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