- (ABN) The government of Curacao ratified that it rejects
the use of its territory to conduct attacks on Venezuela. Prensa Latina
reports state that according to local media, Curacao cabinet members assured
Venezuelan officials that Curacao is a peaceful area and that it would
never contribute to the violation of Venezuelan sovereignty.
- According to National Assembly (AN) president, Nicolas
Maduro, Curacao authorities coordinated new plans of cultural and ideological
exchange between Venezuela and Curacao, after stating their position against
Washington's new plans against Venezuela.
- * Several plans of cooperation in the areas of telecommunications
and trade were also discussed.
- After the meeting, authorities from Venezuela and Curacao
scheduled a joint business convention for next April. It is expected that
the reactivation of the ferry service between Falcon State and Curacao
will be discussed during that convention.
- ''On Monday, Venezuelan press reported the arrival of
one thousand marines, Harrier aircraft, Super Cobra, Sea King and Sea State
helicopters, as well as amphibious vehicles in Curacao and Aruba.''
- THE INTERNATIONAL FORECASTER editor Bob Chapman writes:
''Venezuelan naval operations have observed the presence of US Marines
and military planes and amphibious vehicles on Curacao, which is just 46
miles from the oil sensitive Paraguana Peninsula.
- This comes as other South American nations are being
pressured not to cooperate with Venezuela and a major media disinformation
campaign has been put into action.''
- US Ambassador In Venezuela Laments 'Lack Of Communication'
Jonah Gindin writes:
- The US Ambassador to Venezuela, William Brownfield, lamented
a "lack of communication" between the Venezuelan and US governments
regarding the presence of the USS Sapain off the coast of Venezuela, in
a statement to Venezuelan radio yesterday. The US navy vessel arrived at
the island of Curacao on February 27, and left Wednesday afternoon, said
- On Monday, Venezuelan press reported the arrival of one
thousand marines, Harrier aircraft, Super Cobra, Sea King and Sea State
helicopters, as well as amphibious vehicles in Curacao and Aruba.
- Since the closure of Howard Air Force base in Panama
in 1999, the United States has relocated to three "Forward Operating
Locations" (FOLs), situated in El Salvador, Ecuador, and Curacao-Aruba-Dutch
Antilles. Curacao, where the USS Saipan made port, is just 40 miles off
Venezuela's Caribbean coast, while Aruba is only 15 miles off Venezuela's
Paraguaná peninsula, in the North-Western state of Falcon.
- "What I most regret of this," said Ambassador
Brownfield, "was the lack of communication between the Armed Forces
of Venezuela and the United States."
- "I regret that I have not yet had the pleasure to
meet and speak with the Minister of Defense or the commander of the Armed
Forces or any other functionary of the Venezuelan Armed Forces," he
continued, noting "if I had spoken with them I'd have told them the
date of the arrival of the [USS Sapain] and its departure date, the fact
that the 1,500 marines were not onboard because they are in Iraq."
- * "The truth is," Brownfield added, "it
is our desire to have more visits by ships to Curacao and Aruba over the
coming weeks, months and years."
- In an interview with state television on Monday, Venezuelan
Navy Commander Armando Laguna, stated that the US presence was a part of
"routine maneuvers," and told people not to be alarmed. "The
situation is within normal and legal parameters," said Laguna, though
he added that the United States did not announce the presence as they have
in the past.
- Also, the president of Venezuela's National Assembly,
Nicolas Maduro, visited Curacao on Friday, to meet with its leaders. Following
his meeting, Maduro said that the President and the Vice-Premier assured
him that Curacao is an island of peace and would never allow the US to
launch a military strike against Venezuela from the island.
- Relations between the US and Venezuela have deteriorated
in 2005. The kidnapping and arrest of a Colombian guerilla leader in Venezuela
sparked a brief, but tense stand-off between Venezuela and Colombia, with
the US siding clearly with the latter.
- Though Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his Colombian
counterpart Alvaro Uribe met and successfully resolved the conflict, the
US continued to express concern over Venezuela's alleged relationship with
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