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Minister Maduro: Venezuela - US Relations are Difficult, Controversial and Complex

The Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros, stated that Venezuela – U.S. relations continue to be difficult, controversial and complex.

In a statement made during the Televen program “Jose Vicente Hoy,” the minister stated, “It is well known that the imperial apparatus aligned with the Bush administration to work against the Bolivarian Revolution, President Chavez, and the current transformation of the continent. That apparatus continues to function.”

The minister stated that new U.S. president, Barack Obama, “[Is bound to] circumstances that force him to manage an extremely complex apparatus.”

During the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, Latin America hoped for a change in U.S. policy toward the region. However, only a few months later, the Pentagon participated in the coup d’état in Honduras via the Palmerola Military Base, Maduro explained.

“The U.S. government was two months late in recognizing the Honduran coup d’état, and recently it has announced the installation of seven military bases in Colombia. What do Bolivarian Venezuela and the revolutionary government demand? That the U.S. governing elite understand that we are nations on our own paths; that we aspire to relations in terms of respect, equality among nations and non-interventionist policies. I believe that all Latin America demands this.” 

While Venezuela is accused of instigating an arms race, the minister noted, “We believe that the Pentagon and the Colombian oligarchy perpetrate not an arms race, but a race to war. Theirs is a strategy that works to destroy our democratic and peaceful processes of change by way of political destabilization and military violence if necessary,” he continued.

The minister emphasized, “[Venezuela] aspires to a future, sooner rather than later, when the strength of the processes we are experiencing will end in the establishment of a new kind of relations.”

Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / September 20, 2009

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