Thursday, March 6th 2014 - 05:10 UTC

Maduro cuts diplomatic relations with Panama for sponsoring an OAS meeting on Venezuela

The Venezuelan president making the announcement during the ceremony to honor the late Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday his government was breaking diplomatic relations with Panama after the country called a special meeting of the Organization of American States, OAS, to address the current state of protests in Caracas.

Tuesday, March 4th 2014 - 23:31 UTC

Venezuela prepares to honor Chavez on the first anniversary of his death

 The charismatic Chavez in 14 years won a dozen national elections and became an international reference figure

Venezuela has geared up for commemorations of populist leader Hugo Chávez's death despite continued protests against his successor that have shaken the OPEC member and threatened the legacy of “El Comandante.”

Friday, February 28th 2014 - 05:09 UTC

Minister announces Maduro will inform Unasur on the Venezuela situation

Minister Jaua met with President Mujica (L) and thanked him for his efforts and knowledge of the Venezuelan people

Foreign minister Elías Jaua said that Caracas will not accept international mediation in the current situation faced by Venezuela but nevertheless thanked Uruguay's president Jose Mujica for his efforts and knowledge about what's going on in his country.

Friday, February 28th 2014 - 02:42 UTC

Venezuela political power, 'concentrated in a single party with an authoritarian executive'

The US State Department also reports severe human rights violations

An executive summary published on Thursday by the US State Department describes Venezuela’s political power as “concentrated in a single party with an authoritarian executive”, and reported human rights abuses, including corruption, freedom of speech restrictions, and political persecutions amid others.

Wednesday, February 26th 2014 - 23:13 UTC

OAS Permanente Council special meeting on Venezuelan situation suspended

Venezuelan ambassador Chaderton appealed to non compliance of procedure to have it dismissed

The meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS), Permanent Council convened to evaluate the possibility of holding a meeting of ambassadors to address the current political situation in Venezuela, has been postponed after pressure from the Venezuelan Government, said Carlos Ponce, coordinator for the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (Redlad).

Tuesday, February 25th 2014 - 20:35 UTC

US orders three Venezuelan diplomats out of the country in reprisal for similar measure from Maduro

Despite the spat, Maduro announced he plans to name ambassador in Washington

The United States ordered three Venezuelan diplomats to leave in reprisal for President Nicolas Maduro's expulsion of three US embassy staff accused of fomenting unrest that has killed at least 13 people.

Tuesday, February 25th 2014 - 04:26 UTC

Ambassador Castro supports democratic Maduro and blames a “ferocious media attack”

“These are not peaceful protests, they are acts intended to force the exit of Maduro”, said Ms Castro

The Argentine ambassador to the United Kingdom, Alicia Castro, openly revealed her support for Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro as protests in the nation continued, while criticizing what she saw as a “ferocious media attack” carried out by opponents of the head of state.

Monday, February 24th 2014 - 05:00 UTC

Insulza suggests 'outside players' could help reach an agreement in Venezuela

“'Victory' may sound more heroic than 'agreement'; but agreement is the only way to go”, pointed out Insulza.

Organization of American States, OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza has suggested the participation of 'outside players' in Venezuela to try and lower the pressure and consequences of the current situation in the country. Insulza made the suggestion in a letter published by several newspapers from the region, but underlining that it is Venezuelans that must reach an understanding to overcome the situation.

Monday, February 24th 2014 - 04:49 UTC

Venezuelan situation could delay the Mercosur summit scheduled for March

Loizaga said that Mercosur members are in permanent contact

The Mercosur summit is still scheduled for March but given the current situation in Venezuela, host of the event, “there could be another delay” admitted Paraguay's Foreign minister Eladio Loizaga, who added that there are permanent contacts between members countries to try and avoid another scenario.

Saturday, February 22nd 2014 - 07:11 UTC

Cristina Fernandez ratifies solidarity with Venezuela: opposition should wait for next elections

The Argentine leader recalled that “violence engenders only more violence”

In a rally at the Buenos Aires province town of Florencio Varela, President Cristina Fernandez ratified Argentina’s “solidarity” with the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro, as the fifth Mercosur full member continues to be caught up in a wave of violent protests that have claimed the lives of 6 so far.

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