Tuesday, January 29th 2013 - 05:58 UTC

Letter from Chavez calls for regional unit, supports Cuba and condemns UK on the Falklands

Vice-president Nicolas Maduro, read an eleven page letter he said was written by ailing President Hugo Chavez in which the Venezuelan leader calls for Latinamerican unit, praises Cuba’s chairmanship of CELAC group and takes time to support Argentina’s claims over the Falkland/Malvinas Islands.

The letter with the presidential seal and Chavez Frias signature

“I regret not being able to be at the Santiago de Chile appointment but it is known by all of you that since last December I’m again battling for my health in revolutionary and sister Cuba. These lines thus are but a way of making myself present at the summit”, said Chavez in the letter addressed to the leaders from the Community of Latinamerican and Caribbean States meeting in Santiago de Chile on Monday.

Chavez has been in Cuba since mid December when he went his fourth cancer surgery in 18 months and which according to official reports has suffered several complications such as respiratory insufficiency.

“I rest all my conviction on reiterating that “or we build an only big motherland or we will have no motherland” writes Chavez in a letter full of literary and thinkers quotes, such as Simon Bolivar, Jorge Luis Borges and the poet Pablo Neruda.

Chavez was one of the promoters of CELAC to counterbalance the Organization of American States, OAS, where the influence of the ‘empire’ and the target of his attacks where the US has a predominant influence.

“Since that December 2011 when we founded in Caracas CELAC, world events have but ratified the extraordinary importance of that step forward we agreed on then”, recalls the Venezuelan leader.

The letter also celebrated Cuban President Raul Castro's assumption of the rotating presidency of CELAC.

“After 30 years of resisting this criminal imperial blockade, Latin America and the Caribbean are saying to the US, in one voice, that all your attempts to leave out Cuba are failing,” it added.

Maduro made no comments about the letter after reading it to other leaders. He has been the government's top public figure while Chavez remains in Cuba. The letter was highly anticipated after Venezuelan officials said it would show that Chavez remains lucid and in charge.

Chilean President and summit host Sebastian Piñera has said several times that the gathered leaders are praying for Chavez's recovery. In the letter, Chavez says he'll be watching from Havana and “praying for the complete and excellent development of CELAC.”

The letter is classic Chavez, urging the leaders to work together on a broad range of issues, from energy policies to literacy. It defends Argentina's position on the Falklands, which are “Islands the country says were stolen from them by Britain 180 years ago”.

“The fight continues,” the letter said. “There is more than one who is brave, from here to Patagonia.”

As Maduro finished reading, television images showed Chavez's signature in red ink at the bottom of the letter.


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1 expbrit (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 06:02 am Report abuse
Dead Man Talking
2 LEPRecon (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 06:14 am Report abuse

Same old same old from a soon to be very has been.

CFK didn't get her way at the CELAC conference, no statement supporting Argentina on the Falklands, and now she's badgering a dying man into supporting her.

You'd really think that he would have more important things to worry about, namely his family, and then Venezuela.
3 Britninja (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 06:35 am Report abuse
”Islands the country says were stolen from them by Britain 180 years ago”.

Even he doesn't sound all that convinced haha.
4 toooldtodieyoung (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 07:20 am Report abuse
WOW!!! KFC is sure wheeling out the heavyweights in politic's isn't she?

I'm sure he just penned that just so she would shut up and stop bothering him...............
5 Troy Tempest (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 07:33 am Report abuse
Sounds like the Castros and Kirchner cooked this up while sitting on the chest of the corpse, er I mean, at his bedside.
6 reality check (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 07:37 am Report abuse
Come out come out, wherever you are?

What, so far beheind the rest of the world you never heard of Tele Conferencing?

Could it be they could not find a medium or a Ouija Board.

Biggest bunch of dishonest asssholes on the planet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7 Musky (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 08:41 am Report abuse
I notice they never read out the bit where Hugo recommends Sean Penn for the next president.
8 falklandlad (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 09:36 am Report abuse
Regretably more garbage from Sr Chavez. Best he pays attention to his home front and his red-shirted revolution. Only the red-white-blue tricolour is acceptable in the south-west Atlantic, and our latin neighbours need to grasp that, permanently.
9 Gordo1 (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 09:39 am Report abuse
When will Chavez reappear? There is still no proof he is alive!
10 Shed-time (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 09:40 am Report abuse
Did they have to reanimate him to get him to sign this? Did Igor type it out?

I think we should be told.
11 Anglotino (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 09:46 am Report abuse
Chavez can write or dictate an ELEVEN PAGE LETTER but can't make a one minute speech to his people!
12 reality check (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 10:02 am Report abuse
You have really got to laugh at this, do they show the glorious leader, to the people, recovering in his hospital bed? No, Camera 1 focuses in on his signature at the bottom of the letter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a load of of bollocks, not only bollocks, but amature bollocks at that. They should have consulted the Argentines, they could have done much better than this pathetic effort at propoganda, after all they have decades of experience at it.
13 Frank (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 10:06 am Report abuse
Thats not his signature , thats the trace of his heartbeat....... tic tic tic zzzzzzzzzzz
14 Anbar (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 10:09 am Report abuse
“”“”“ “Islands the country says were stolen from them by Britain 180 years ago”.”“”“”

odd turn of phrase that... its not exactly a hardened, utterly convinced and backed-up stance is it...

“well, Argentina SAYS it was stolen”...

15 reality check (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 10:17 am Report abuse
In a court of law it would be accepted as “Expert Opinion” after all they know all about stealing! Ask their pensioners!
16 Steveu (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 11:44 am Report abuse
That glass must have been moving pretty fast for so many words!
17 reality check (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 12:30 pm Report abuse
Is there anybody there?
18 Pirate Love (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 01:06 pm Report abuse
how touching....letters from the grave in all its irrelevance,
however, most noble of chubby to communicate with fellow dictators on issues that do not concern him, yet he deems it unnecessary to inform his own peasants regarding his health and venezuela's lack of leadership, i guess theres a good reason why they didnt hook up a live video feed to chubby, although he was well enough to write a letter yet not well enough to talk live, most strange!
19 reality check (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 01:41 pm Report abuse
Yes, yes, I have a message coming through, it's, it's, is there anyone in the conference who has a relative or friend called Hugo?
20 briton (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 01:52 pm Report abuse
A letter from a dead man reading,
Im lonely here,
Come and stay with me CFK,
Fight the brits, drag our friends to war, and lose again, and in your death throws, I will be there to carry you to hell? [ oops we mean paradise]

And will she follow him to hell,
No she wont ?
She will let south America follow him to hell,
She will let other fight her fight,
She will let other die in her stead,

But she will just lap the glory ,
Or blame others when it all goes wrong.

Letters of the dead, should remain just.

mmm, but is he dead, or is this another trick.
21 Conqueror (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 02:28 pm Report abuse
@20 If the “signature” is in red, is it in ink? Or in his last drops of blood?
22 briton (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 02:33 pm Report abuse
Hopefull his last drop of dried up blood lol.
23 Shed-time (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 03:27 pm Report abuse
... as if he wrote this letter.
24 GeoffWard2 (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 04:06 pm Report abuse
To paraphrase:

'Chavez et al created CELAC to counterbalance OAS, the Organization of American States, ... too much influence of ‘empire’ in the OAS, ... and the OAS has a predominant US influence.'

I have so many friends from the United States of America who would be SO quick to remind me that they had a successful War of Independence to escape from Empire.

the legacy of Empires is to be found in CELAC itself. The constituent nations of CELAC are the products of empire ... and, however hard they try to re-write their histories, they cannot escape the fact that they are not escaping from 'empire' but from one member who is overtly strong.

CELAC is itself an attempt, however amateur, to create a new empire.

Mister Bolivar and Mister Marx would be proud of their amateur attempt.
25 reality check (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 04:07 pm Report abuse
He's trying to get into the Guinness Book of records for the longest game of hide and seek.
26 ChrisR (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 04:39 pm Report abuse
Reading Clarin, even the argies are getting cynical about Kretina (as they refer to TMBOA) and Chavez.

It's about level for those who think he is still alive and those who think he has croaked.

But thanks guys, I came late to this topic but I have had a few chuckles reading your posts.
27 Britworker (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 05:30 pm Report abuse
Is this man not dead yet?
28 GeoffWard2 (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 06:54 pm Report abuse
So, Chris, Clarin is dismembered but the bits are still using nasty words to describe Cristina. Brave bits!
29 briton (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 07:25 pm Report abuse
Sometimes the trouble with small groups going it alone,
Sometimes they end up like north Korea, or some other tin pot lunatic,

You will always need some outside influences,
You just can’t isolate yourselves and hid your head in the sand,

Most of these countries in this CELAC
Do not exactly have a good past do they,
Rather a bad modern reputation.
Just a thought .
30 Pete Bog (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 11:23 pm Report abuse
“There is more than one who is brave, from here to Patagonia.”

Ok Chavez, join your navy in sailing to the Falklands to prove how brave you are.

Best of luck (surviving in one piece ) when you do your 'revolutionary' steps onto the Falklands and get a warm welcome from the defences.
31 Frank (#) Jan 29th, 2013 - 11:49 pm Report abuse
You wont be seeing Chavez for a while.... the Iranians just launched him into space....
32 Ayayay (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 12:32 am Report abuse
@11 Truth
33 Britishbulldog (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 11:38 am Report abuse
Thought this nut job was dead, never mind soon will be by by nut job have a nice after life sitting next to your heroes, Hitler, Stalin, and the rest of the past world nut jobs and don't worry that other nut job will be joining you soon as well Mr Castro. No be a good little boy and stop breathing.
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35 ChrisR (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 04:09 pm Report abuse
31 Frank

36 briton (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 07:32 pm Report abuse
Will his letter disappear?
And become part of the [dead Chavez scrolls]..lol.
37 golfcronie (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 12:00 am Report abuse
has anyone seen Chavez lately?
38 briton (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 07:03 pm Report abuse
Rumour has it,
He is sleeping with the fish’s .lol.
39 ChrisR (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 09:27 pm Report abuse
38 briton

Brilliant! LOLs
40 Anglotino (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 09:48 pm Report abuse
52 days and counting.

Unprecedented for someone just reelected!

For someone known for his verbosity, this supposed 11 page letter is all he has produced. No recordings. No speeches.

Nothing for his people.

Venezuela urgently needs a currency devaluation but no one is willing to pull that trigger..... especially if there might be a new election.

In my opinion, the letter is a fake made by the Cuban and Venezuela governments. Two purposes, keep Venezuela from an election and bolster Castro's role as head of CELAC.
41 scottbart (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 07:15 pm Report abuse
Chavez, you will soon be dead you mindless thug! cant wait to hear of your passing!
42 cornelius (#) Feb 02nd, 2013 - 06:55 pm Report abuse
To all the idiots’ lefties in Latin America when are you going to grow up Cuba in charge of the Celac? Cuba a beacon of freedom for South America and Paraguay punished for being democratic. Brazil you are immature and you prove can lead and in the hands of a terrorist (Dilma) from the workers party you deserve the shit that you get.
Argentina run by a hormonal imbalance and Botox junkie and delusional how can the Argentineans take the abuse! They must be masochist.
Uruguay runs by a nice guy but incompetent and stupid how can you take this amateur as president.
Bolivia no comment the idiot in Bolivia speaks stupidity on his own.
Correa well run by Venezuela.
43 commonsparrow (#) Feb 02nd, 2013 - 11:41 pm Report abuse
an 11 page typed letter usually is a more paged hand written letter. Very hard to beleive its authentic by Chavez since he is so sick.
44 row82 (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 02:44 pm Report abuse
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