CARACAS, Thursday May 08, 2014 | Update
PROTESTS IN VENEZUELA | Dissenters reject Jacobson's remarks

MUD denies having requested the US not to impose sanctions on Venezuela

Opposition umbrella group Unified Democratic Panel said their "statements are public and widely known"

MUD's executive secretary Ramón Guillermo Aveledo replied to Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson (File photo)
Thursday May 08, 2014  04:17 PM
Venezuelan opposition umbrella group Unified Democratic Panel (MUD) denied the remarks issued on Thursday by Roberta Jacobson, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, who told the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that members of the opposition coalition had requested the White House not to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials charged with alleged violations of human rights.

Based on information disclosed by AP, Jacobson said that some members of the Venezuelan opposition had recommended not to impose sanctions yet. However, Jacobson would not single out such opposition leaders, while she conceded that some sectors within the opposition do endorse sanctions.

In a statement, the MUD replied to Jacobson's comments and called for an explanation. Dissenters claimed that Jacobson's statement "may lead to undesired misunderstandings. MUD's declarations are public and widely known. No MUD spokesperson has requested any US official what has been reported by the media today. If any organization or individual from civil society has done it, it is under its or his own responsibility, and they must deal with it."

Translated by Jhean Cabrera