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."

What goes out of the La Yaguara industrial park

María Fernanda Astudillo is a store analyst for Alimentos Polar working at the company's facilities in La Yaguara. At only 23 years of age, she has made a career in that company where she has worked for the last six years. Now, besides her responsibilities, which include overseeing shipping/receiving and warehousing of goods, she is taking part in the roundtable discussions among the other companies operating in the La Yaguara industrial park, the Government and the workers exploring possible ways of coping with the order to expropriate the land.

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