HAVANA TIMES — The government of Venezuela presented a protest note to the US Embassy in Caracas on Friday over diplomat Samantha Power’s statements regarding her will to fight against repression in Venezuela and Cuba.
Power is the Obama administration’s candidate to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations.
Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said the note states President Nicolas Maduro’s repudiation of Power’s “meddling”, reported dpa news.
“We have sent a protest note, where we ask if there is any willingness by the US government to restore good relations with Venezuela, as expressed by Secretary of State John Kerry, in Guatemala,” said Jaua.
He said his government will not accept the aspiring UN ambassador’s plans for interference in a sovereign nation.
“The first thing she should do is think about how she will explain to the world the embarrassment of her country’s spying and control system, and how to explain that, after two US elections, the abhorrent Guantanamo prison camp remains open on Cuban territory, and also how she will describe what happens to American youth who dare to tell the truth about what their government does, “said Jaua.
Jaua stressed that Venezuela is a respected and admired country, adding that the “permanent aggressions and provocations” of US government spokespersons are part of a process of destabilization.
On Thursday, Maduro requested an immediate rectification from the US government on Power’s “infamous” statements.
“This lady says that there is repression in Venezuela. What’s the repression in Venezuela? Repression exists in the US, where they are chasing a young man like Edward Snowden for telling the truth,” he added.
Relations between Venezuela and the United States are at the level of charges d’affaires since 2008 after diplomatic friction.
Jaua and Kerry made an attempt at rapprochement but that changed after Maduro’s decision to give asylum to Snowden, a former US National Security Agency employee.