Panama rejects its OAS Ambassador statements on Venezuela

Caracas, 17 Ene. AVN.- The Government of Panama released a communique strongly rejecting the statements said Wednesday by its ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Guillermo Cochez, who called into doubt Venezuela's democracy, because these were issued without proper consultation.

Following, the complete text released in the website of Panama's Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Statement

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Government of Panama strongly rejects the statements said, without proper consultations, by the Panama Permanent Representative to OAS, Guillermo Cochez, during the Session of the Permanent Council, when he referred to Venezuela's domestic political situation.

The Panamanian foreign ministry expresses that ambassador Cochez performed without consulting the Foreign Ministry and unexpectedly took positions which are very far from the stance of the National Government.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has instructed ambassador Cochez to avoid saying statements which do not reflect the official stance of the Government of Panama.

Panama reaffirms that it will continue its stance of respecting domestic political process of States and, in the case of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, we wish the quick recovery of the health of President Hugo Chavez.

AVN 17/01/2013 10:08
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