Venezuela asks for regional dialogue after coup attempt

Exactly one year to the day protests began in Venezuela against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, the successor to beloved late leader Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan Government reported the arrest of seven persons in connection with a reported plan to overthrow the Government. This coup d’etat was foiled, but to prevent another attempt, President Maduro’s administration has made an attempt to reach out to its regional partners to intercede with the Venezuelan opposition and the Government of the United States to stop their efforts at removing Maduro and help to restore peace and security to the nation.

Belize’s Venezuelan ambassador, His Excellency Yoel Perez Marcano, hosted the press on Thursday, to present its version of events and publicize their efforts at reconciliation. (Translation was done by Alfredo Gongora.)

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Yoel Perez Marcano – Venezuelan Ambassador to Belize

“At this moment we are convening a meeting with the opposition in Venezuela, an open political dialogue with conditions, under the control of  UNASUR from South America, integrated by the people of the Republic of Columbia and the Republic of Chile.  We await the opposition sector of Venezuela desist in these actions of the coup attempt, and this political violence  should cease in their conduct with their anti-democracy and against the constitution, and that they accept an international dialogue that permits the political solutions that exist in reality in the country of Venezuela.”

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The U.S., says Ambassador Marcano, have declined mediation by the regional body UNASUR, headed by a former president of Colombia. Venezuela is now reaching out to its Caribbean partners, including Belize, for assistance.

Petrocaribe, according to Ambassador Marcano, will be the first thing annulled should the Venezuelan government be usurped, and as a result Belize will “Roll it!” no longer.

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Yoel Perez Marcano – Venezuelan Ambassador to Belize

“We want to continue the giving away of the money, as they’re saying in Belize ‘Roll it.’  In case if the opposition wins, with whatever means, it will not [only] affect conquest of the social [programs] of Venezuela but also our political [programs] for solidarity and cooperation with our brothers of the Caribbean, [including] the PetroCaribe program. I said it yesterday with a government person, the first victim of  a coup attempt would be PetroCaribe.”

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Belize is among the countries which benefit from the Petrocaribe partnership with Venezuela, buying oil at lower rates of 40% of the original price, with the remainder delayed through a concessionary arrangement, which is used for social programs.

The Ambassador says those prices will not change as each country has signed a contract with Venezuela’s oil producer PDVSA; however, in the case of premium-manufactured petroleum which is about to run out, the Ambassador puts the blame on the U.S. no longer selling needed chemical additives to create the special brand.
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