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Statement - Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela - Ministry of People's Power for Foreign Affairs


As is public knowledge, judicial authorities from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela requested, through official channels, an international capture warrant, which led to an immediate code red from Interpol, for fugitive from Venezuelan justice Manuel Rosales, who is accused of crimes related to corruption and illicit enrichment.

Following strict procedures, Interpol Peru requested the necessary documentation from Venezuelan authorities in order to proceed with the arrest of Manuel Rosales.  The documents were promptly handed over last Sunday, April 26th.

Despite the strong evidence, the government of Peru decided to grant political asylum to Manuel Rosales in a decision that constitutes a mockery of international law, a hard blow to the fight against corruption, and an insult to the people of Venezuela.

In light of the above, the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has decided, as a signal of protest, to immediately recall the Ambassador in Lima to Caracas, to suspend the process relating to the recent designation of the Ambassador to the government of the Republic of Peru, and to begin a comprehensive evaluation of its relations with the government of that country.

Caracas, April 27, 2009

(Translation by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office)

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