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US rejects Venezuela's Chávez’ latest statements.

By Sol Maria Castro,

Victoria Alvarado, U. S. Embassy press attaché in Caracas, rejected President Chávez’s Tuesday claims of President George Bush’s involvement in the failed coup d'état launched against him in 2002. "President Chávez's accusations are categorically false," Alvarado said in an interview with a local TV station. She added that "repeating groundless allegations does not make them true." Alvarado believes that this is clearly a new attempt to deviate attention from the sustained effort that Venezuelans have been making to reach a constitutional, peaceful, democratic and electoral solution to the current impasse, as established by OAS Resolution 833." Earlier, Roger Noriega, the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, reiterated, that despite the negative and irresponsible declarations about his country, Washington’s intention is to continue looking for a solution within the OAS to the Venezuelan crisis. On Tuesday, during a rally to celebrate his return to power, President Chávez accused President Bush of promoting and financing the coup against him in 2002, and continuing financing opposition groups determined to oust him.

Colombian Senate issues resolution warning over threats to Venezuelan democracy.

Tuesday evening, the Senate of Colombia by majority vote passed a resolution (see below in Spanish), proposed by Senator Enrique Gómez Hurtado, in which it harshly condemns President Chávez’s exercise of power, and requests the political parties, and governments of Colombia, the Americas and the world to support the Venezuelan democracy in its legitimate rights to defend its integrity, and the Organization of American States (OAS) to act "to avoid the definitive installation of a dictatorship." The resolution points out that the Venezuelan society has met all the constitutional and legal requirements to activate a presidential recall referendum, but this has been hindered by the degraded institutions, making President Chávez a “dictator de facto”

AN session to condemn Colombian Senate resolution.

The pro-government legislators at the National Assembly, decided to change the proceedings for the ordinary session Thursday to debate and condemn the resolution from the Colombian Senate, considered an “impressively rude meddling” of the Senate in the Venezuelan affairs, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jesús Pérez, and the president of the Foreign Policy Commission at the Assembly, MVR legislator, Tarek William Saab.

President Chávez decorates 59 military officers.

During an act in the presidential palace of Miraflores, President Hugo Chávez, accompanied by the Vice-president José Vicente Rangel, the Minister of Defense, General-in-Chief, Jorge Luis García Carneiro, ministers and members of the High Command, decorated 59 military officers who somehow favored his return to power during the events of April 2002 with the Libertador Order, the Military Order of the National Defense, the Cross of the Land Force, and different merit medals. President Chávez asked them to be ready, “because the battle has not ended or ends; it will be long.”

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