05 de octubre de 2016 10:04 AM
Actualizado el 05 de octubre de 2016 11:09 AM
The Uruguayan opposition National Party (PN) will establish a taskforce to enquire into the election of private enterprises linked to Venezuela, since they seemingly “acted as intermediaries in businesses with public entities” in Venezuela.
Last year, the Uruguayan opposition briefed their then President José Mujica on suspicions about alteration in the election of companies for conducting businesses. However, Mujica denied any unlawful link.
“Uruguay negotiated with Venezuela’s state-run monopolistic companies through private agents who have profited from trade. We know neither how nor why those companies were chosen,” said PN Deputy Jaime Trobo.
Similarly, Trobo explained that the taskforce aims to obtain information to determine whether “the appointment of certain agents for negotiations with Venezuela supposed a transparent or arbitrary decision, having in mind links between the companies and the government,” Efe reported.
“Bilateral negotiations total USD 1.3 billion under the Bolívar-Artigas Fund agreement-a mechanism intended to facilitate oil imports from Venezuela in exchange of goods-(…). We do not know if the involved private enterprises are making a profit,” he added.