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President Ch?vez: We are willing to go forward in better relations with the U.S. government

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, said that as long as there is respect for the dignity, sovereignty and self-determination of the Venezuelan people, Venezuela is willing to move forward in having better relations with the new government in the United States.

“On speaking with the President of the United States several times, we affirmed what we have always said: we only ask for respect. . . . In this way, we are willing to move better relations with the new government of the United States forward, respecting the liberty, respecting the self-determination and sovereignty of Venezuela,” the President declared.

During a speech after a parade on Próceres Avenue in commemoration of the 199th anniversary of the beginning of the independence movement in Venezuela, the President highlighted the events of the Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

“Ten years ago, Venezuela was alone.  Only our body and voice of resistance were raised up against the attempts to impose a new colonialism on us through that proposal for a Free Trade of the Americas Agreement (FTAA).  Five years later, in Mar del Plata, we buried the FTAA and Venezuela was no longer alone.  Other countries, like Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay [and] Paraguay, joined,” Chávez explained.

“Today we have witnessed what was unthinkable ten years ago: the government of the United States, represented by its new President, Barack Obama, making a u-turn and discussing topics such as Cuba’s situation,” he said.

With regards to that, Chávez said that all the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean asked the United States to end the embargo against Cuba in order to set right a historical injustice against the Cuban people.

The President also emphasized the results of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) Summit, which took place in Cumaná, in the Venezuelan state of Sucre, and strengthened the unity of countries of the South.

“For us it is important not to repeat a plowing of the sea [t.n. this is a reference to a Simón Bolívar quote], therefore I insist on unity, unity of the people, of workers, of farmers, of youth, of students, soldiers; united we guarantee success and assure a continuation of the path to victory,” President Chávez emphasized.

Chávez noted that socialism is the people’s hope, and encourage the entire population to redouble their efforts and continue building a socialist Venezuela.

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias (ABN), Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / April 20, 2009

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