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Venezuela Suspends Oil Shipments to Honduras

The Minister of People’s Power for Energy and Petroleum, Rafael Ramírez, confirmed Wednesday that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has cancelled crude oil shipments to Honduras until deposed President Manuel Zelaya returns to power and constitutional order is reestablished.

“We cannot transfer the benefits of Petrocaribe to a dictatorship, much less a small group of business owners that overthrew the legitimate government,” said Ramírez. The Central American nation receives 20,000 barrels of Venezuelan oil per day, said Minister Ramírez in an interview with the local press.

President Hugo Chávez has shown his full support for the restoration of President Zelaya, and Tuesday asked the Honduran people to continue resisting the repression of the de facto government.

For its part, the government of the United States has suspended part of the foreign aid to the de facto regime. According to a text read by TeleSur correspondent Madelein García, the aid was for basic education, environmental programs, family planning, and other programs within the Free Trade Agreement between the two nations.

The correspondent reported that humanitarian aid has not been denied, such as the distribution of food, HIV-AIDS prevention, and support for the November 2009 elections.

TeleSur, Ministry of People’s Power for Communication and Information, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / July 8, 2009

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