The US State Department spokesperson said on Tuesday that Washington’s formal position regarding the Falklands/Malvinas despite the democratic referendum results, “has not changed: we recognize de facto UK administration of the Islands, but we take no position on sovereignty claims”.
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.
United States strongly supports the Organization of American States Council decision to send a top level delegation to Paraguay headed by Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza, said on Wednesday US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland during the daily briefing.
The US has stated that it will remain neutral in the Falklands/Malvinas Islands sovereignty dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom, said the spokesperson of the US State Department’s Victoria Nuland after the announcement that the Islanders will hold a referendum in 2013 to decided whether they want to remain British or not.
The US government said on Tuesday that their recent decision to suspend Argentina from the Generalized System of Preferences, GSP, program, which waives import duties on thousands of goods from developing countries “is a serious bump in the road”, but “should not come as much of a surprise.”
It took a couple of days but finally on Wednesday US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said the US “has no concerns” about the alleged ‘militarization’ of the South Atlantic which was denounced by Argentina last week before the United Nations at three different levels.
United States insisted that the Falklands/Malvinas dispute is a ‘bilateral’ issue between Argentina and the UK and again called on Buenos Aires and London to solve the issue peacefully, through dialogue.
The US Government said they are closely following the evolution of President Cristina Fernández health after she underwent surgery to remove a thyroid tumour, and highlighted the Argentine leader’s “very good” relationship with Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
United States sent a strong message to Latin American countries preparing to host Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saying Washington’s policy regarding the Teheran regime is “very well known”.
United States continues to dialogue with Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, countries where it has no ambassadors in an attempt to normalize relations, said State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland.