Wednesday, January 9th 2013 - 05:32 UTC

US says Chavez succession is an issue for Venezuelans to decide and must include all voices

The United States is concerned for the health of President Hugo Chavez and wishing a speedy recovery, but the succession situation in Venezuela “is an issue for Venezuelans to decide” and it should be done in a manner “that includes all the voices in the discussion”, said State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland on Tuesday.

Victoria Nuland said Washington is concerned for Chavez health and wishing a speedy recovery

“We have over the course of the last week or so talked in general about the succession situation in Venezuela. Let me reiterate our foundational point, which is that this is an issue for Venezuelans to decide, and it – they need to do it in a manner that includes all the voices in the discussion. So it needs to be a broad-based discussion and it needs to be decided in a manner that is free, fair, transparent, is seen as ensuring a level political playing field in Venezuela”, said Ms Nuland.

Regarding President Chavez health condition, Ms Nuladnd said that “obviously we are (monitoring), as we would be for anybody suffering what he is suffering, concerned for his health and wishing a speedy recovery. But in terms of any specific, internal information that we have, I don’t have anything to share here”.

Further on when asked about Venezuelan authorities call for a massive rally on Thursday, Ms Nuland insisted that discussions in Venezuela “needs to happen peacefully and that there needs to be no resort to violence, no excuse for violence on any side”.

Finally Ms Nuland said that no specific warnings have been put out to Americans to avoid Caracas on Thursday rally when President Chavez was supposed to initiate his six year mandate, but won’t be attending for medical reasons.

However the State Department spokesperson insisted that “we are closely monitoring the discussion among Venezuelans and hoping it will remain peaceful”.

Chavez has been a long time challenger of “US imperialism” (both Democrat and Republican administrations) and has repeatedly accused Washington of trying to remove him from office or conspiring against the Bolivarian revolution leading to 21st century Socialism.

President Obama’s administration has been careful in its statements on Venezuela and the current controversy over the taking office ceremony which should take place on Thursday January 10, but as was announced Tuesday will not have re-re-elected Chavez attending because of his cancer post-surgery recovery in Cuba.

“We expect that any transition in Venezuela is democratic, legal, constitutional and transparent”, said William Ostick who deals with Latinamerican affairs at the State Department.

Last week Washington admitted that it was holding political talks with both the government of President Chavez and with the Venezuelan opposition.
 

7 comments Feed

Note: Comments do not reflect MercoPress’ opinions. They are the personal view of our users. We wish to keep this as open and unregulated as possible. However, rude or foul language, discriminative comments (based on ethnicity, religion, gender, nationality, sexual orientation or the sort), spamming or any other offensive or inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated. Please report any inadequate posts to the editor. Comments must be in English. Comments should refer to article. Thank you.

1 thorpeman (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 08:26 am Report abuse
Te US is concerned for Chavez health lol They're concerned hes still alive more like!
2 rylang23 (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 09:35 am Report abuse
Allow me t0 translate:

“Let me reiterate our foundational point, which is that this is an issue for Venezuelans to decide, and it – they need to do it in a manner that includes all the voices in the discussion.” = The voice of the US government is THE most important voice in these “discussions”.

“So it needs to be a broad-based discussion and it needs to be decided in a manner that is free, fair, transparent, is seen as ensuring a level political playing field in Venezuela” = The US will see to it that the recent free, fair, transparent elections are overturned.

”...discussions in Venezuela “needs to happen peacefully and that there needs to be no resort to violence, no excuse for violence on any side” and “...we are closely monitoring the discussion among Venezuelans and hoping it will remain peaceful”. = We at the the US State Department and CIA intend to incite violence and blame it on Chavez' people.

“We expect that any transition in Venezuela is democratic, legal, constitutional and transparent” = The US government will decide who is in charge of Venezuela.

You see, it is so easy to translate US hegemonicese into simple English. I really wish that the US State Department and CIA could learn to use such simple and clear language.
3 Anglotino (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 12:00 pm Report abuse
Nice try rylang23, but forgive me if I'm wrong but didn't Chavez win the election? The US didn't stop that. And where is the US in the current constitutional crisis discussions? And where is the violence being incited? And the election overturned? It's Chavez's constitution that calls for new elections should the president be permanently or mentally incapacitated. Not the US's opinion.

You probably don't even realise how unoriginal you are but none of Venezuela's current economic, social or constitutions problems can't be blamed on the US.

Chavez wrote the constitution.
Chavez contested the election knowing how sick he was.
Chavez's party is the one who is about to breach the constitution.

Oh and look up the definition of “free” and “fair”. Just because there were elections doesn't mean they were free and fair.

Oh to see the world in black and white like you!
4 expbrit (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 12:33 pm Report abuse
100 bucks says he's dead.
5 rylang23 (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 07:27 pm Report abuse
@ Anglotino... I won't even attempt to debate you. Read any credible, unbiased (yes, they exist) history of US relationships with South America, specifically Venezuela and Columbia. How about The Open Veins of South America by Eduardo Galeano for starters. Then we'll talk. Until then, you have no credibility.
6 Anglotino (#) Jan 09th, 2013 - 10:17 pm Report abuse
@5 rylang23

“I won't even attempt to debate you.”

Oh I am sorry if my reply gave you the impression that I even assumed you were capable of debating me. My apologies. Your original post clearly showed that you would be totally incapable of debating any of your claims.

Your subsequent post proved me right!

“Read any credible, unbiased (yes, they exist) history of US relationships with South America, specifically Venezuela and Columbia. How about The Open Veins of South America by Eduardo Galeano for starters.”

The book I bought in LA on my way to Guatemala in 2011. As to Colombia, the country my boyfriend was born and grew up in. The one I spent 2 months in last year and planning on going to again in 6 months.

It would seem that it is only your “credibility” is in question. After all, I have never stated that the US hasn’t interfered in Latin America and especially Venezuela. However that wasn’t what the article or your original post talked about.

We are talking about current events and not historical events. Your claims:

“The voice of the US government is THE most important voice in these “discussions”.

Where have the US entered these discussions?

“The US will see to it that the recent free, fair, transparent elections are overturned.”

How? It is the Venezuelan constitution that asks for a president to be inaugurated on January 10th. New elections do not overturn recent elections.

“We at the US State Department and CIA intend to incite violence and blame it on Chavez' people.”

Please list the violence incited and also please show where the US blamed Chavez’ people.

“The US government will decide who is in charge of Venezuela.”

The people decided Chavez was in charge of Venezuela and yet now Maduro is. Paraguay followed the word of its constitution but breached the spirit of it, Venezuela has gone one better and breached both. I don’t see any suspensions forthcoming though.

You see, it is so easy to demolish the arguments of someone that can’t think.
7 GeoffWard2 (#) Jan 11th, 2013 - 11:22 am Report abuse
It is time for South America to pull together to ensure that Venezuela makes the transition to a new leadership according to the Venezuelan Constitution of the day and the unviolable South American principles and practices of True Democracy.

Paraguay should head the team that hold Venezuela to account.

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!

Advertisement

Get Email News Reports!

Get our news right on your inbox.
Subscribe Now!

Advertisement