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Aug 2, 2017

Venezuela Promises Continuation of Petrocaribe Despite Downturn

Miguel Castillo

On Tuesday the Venezuelan embassy in Belize held a press conference to issue a defense of the ongoing situation in the South American country. More than eight million Venezuelans of eighteen million registered voters elected some five hundred and forty-five members of a national constituent assembly to address changes to the country’s constitution, but opponents held protests which quickly got violent and deadly. Inevitably, when there is upheaval in Venezuela, questions of relations between Venezuela and its Caribbean and Central American allies are raised. Venezuelan head of mission Miguel Castillo says that his country has no plans to end the Petrocaribe program and is looking forward to a change in its fortunes to provide even more.


Miguel Castillo, Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of Venezuela (Translation by Rudy Aguilar)

“No, President Nicolas Maduro has stressed that even with the fall of oil prices, the Petrocaribe program will continue, so we are here. We are going ahead with talks with the Government, so that this year we [will] have once again the Milagros mission, so with these two programs we continue to foster or relationship with Belize – Petrocaribe and the Milagros mission. Venezuela has always respected Belize and expects the same from Belize concerning sovereignty of all the nations. So it will be up to those countries who have refused to accept the results of Sunday’s elections to review their own bilateral relations after this.”

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