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Minister Maduro: Report on Terrorism Demonstrates Contradiction in U.S. Administration

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Nicolas Maduro, affirmed this Thursday that the report issued by the U.S. Department of State that negatively evaluates Venezuela on the subject of terrorism demonstrates the “double standard” of President Barack Obama. This report “clearly demonstrates the contradiction today in the U.S. administration. A discourse that extends a friendly hand and promises of change, but the real truth is that we are facing the imperial machinery that tries to dictate rules to us,” said Maduro.

Maduro affirmed that the report of the State Department issued this Thursday “has much the same manner as the government of ex President George W. Bush”, in spite of the fact that Obama promised a new era in relations with Latin America.

“They have to define themselves, whether they will extend a respectful hand to Latin America, to Venezuela, or they are simply going to let themselves submit by inertia to the machinery that continues to be in the hands of the worst sectors that governed that country during the last eight years.”

Venezuela cannot be qualified in any way by any report of the State Department, neither by any governmental body of the United States” said the Minister, recalling that it is Washington that has been involved in “exporting terrorism through the CIA.”

The Government of Venezuela was accused in the report of not fully cooperating in the fight against terrorism “because of ideological sympathy between President Hugo Chavez and the Colombian guerrillas,” and for not “systematically patrolling” the border its shares with Colombia.

YVKE Mundial, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / May 1, 2009

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