Paraguayan president Federico Franco accused the Venezuelan regime of Hugo Chavez of ‘direct and malicious’ involvement in his country’s affairs in support of a ‘terrorist and criminal’ gang, the Popular Army of Paraguay, EPP, which has committed kidnappings, assaults and killings.
Franco made the statements during an interview with journalist Patricia Janiot from CNN in Spanish. He added that he has documents and other evidence to support his accusation of Venezuela interference in support of EPP.
According to the Paraguayan president the Chavez regime organized and developed training programs for members of EPP that have been involved in kidnapping for ransom, killings of police forces, assaults, arson and other criminal actions in Paraguay.
Franco said that some EPP terrorist group members were invited to Venezuela with scholarships for alleged agriculture training programs but once there “were not precisely involved in learning to till the land but rather in the use of weapons and guerrilla tactics”.
“We have evidence and documents to support what I am saying now” added Franco.
Asked what his administration was doing to confront the EPP, Franco said that it is based on two stages: immediate action and the long term.
“The first is to establish industries and agricultural activities to the north of the country with an effective participation of the State, the other, long term to combat the subversives”.
The interview took place at the Time-Warner studios in New York.
President Franco also had a brief encounter with British PM David Cameron in the UN grounds out of the two leaders’ agenda.
The Paraguayan president also met with Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative foundation Monday night.