April 23, 2014
Venezuela's Maduro looks for support in the Mercosur
Meets with Uruguayan President José Mujica before making his way to Argentina tomorrow
MONTEVIDEO — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro arrives in Montevideo today where he will hold a bilateral meeting with his Uruguayan counterpart José Mujica and ex-president of Uruguay Tabaré Vázquez, before continuing with a tour that will bring him to Argentina tomorrow.
Maduro and Mujica will sign the act of the fifth meeting of the bilateral work comission (Cobiseplae) between the two countries, which began yesterday.
It is also expected that there will be a lunch in which Uruguayan authorities and the rest of the Venezuelan delegation will participate, including Venezuelan Chancellor Elías Jaua and members of petrol firm PDVSA.
This afternoon Maduro will visit a factory that was rescued from brankruptcy by employees before holding a personal meeting with ex-president of Uruguay Tabaré Vázquez.
The Venezuelan leader will also visit the Mayor of Montevideo, Ana Olivera, who will hand him the keys to the capital city, and is due to round off the day making a visit to the headquarters of the Uruguayan trade union confederation (Pit-CNT).
Maduro will meet up with his Argentine colleague, Cristina Fernández, at midday tomorrow, and will later attend an event organized by the Kirchnerite grupo United and Organized in All Boys stadium.
Maduro will arrive in Buenos Aires this evening, but his first public appearance will be at 11.30, tomorrow in the Casa Rosada, first in a private meeting with the president and then later with technical teams.
Just like Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff’s visit, it is believed that Maduro and Fernández will give a press conference together sometime in the afternoon.
At around 5pm Maduro will make his way to the All Boys stadium, located on Álvarez Jonte avenue 4100, en Floresta, where he will receive support from the aforementioned Kirchnerite group United and Organized.
Maduro will be the main speaker at this event, along with VicePresident Amado Boudou and Cabinet Chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina.
During the evening, the Venezuelan president will return to the Casa Rosada to participate in a dinner at the Bicentenary Museum at 21.30. All this will coincide with the government’s attempts to pass their controversial law reforms in the Senate.
Acorrding to leader Luis D’Elía, it will be a “tribute to the Greater Fatherland”, a show of support for Maduro after reports from the Venezuela right-wing accusing him of commiting election fraud and also a “tribute to Néstor Kirchner and Hugo Chávez.”
Elsewhere, St Peter’s Forum coordinator and Foreign Ministry member, Oscar Laborde, admitted that Maduro’s visit has nothing to do with internal questions like the judicial reform”, and that he had been invited before the elections in Venezuela, only for the visit to be suspended due to the flooding in La Plata
“The idea is to pay tribute to Bolívar and San Martín and express Argentina’s support for Nicolás Maduro during this special moment for Venezuela,” Laborde declared.
As well as organizations like La Cámpora, Transvers Front, Evita Movement and Kolina, Mayors from Greater Buenos Aires aligned with the government with participate in the event, like Martín Insaurrlde from Lomas de Zamora, Jorge Ferraresi from Avellaneda and Fernando Espinoza from La Matanza.
The Venezuelan leader, who assumed power on April 19, will complete his tour on Thursday when he meets up with Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff.
Herald with Telam, DyN