December 23, 2014
Timerman attends Venezuela's ceremonies in honour of late Chávez
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman flew to Venezuela where he is attending the commemorative ceremonies in honour of late president Hugo Chávez on his first death anniversary. The Argentine official praised the role played by the socialist leader in the process of Latin American “unity” and ratified President Kirchner's call to "respect democracy."
“Chávez’s death was very unfortunate because of everything that it means for Latin American politics,” Timerman said in an interview he granted from Caracas.
According to the minister, the late president “made all the efforts for the creation of the Celac, the only organization that brings all the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean” together.
Timerman also referred to the upheaval that has been hitting the OPEC nation over the past weeks with protesters that oppose to the government packing the streets in many cities of the country and opposition leader Leopoldo López publicly calling for the “exit” of Venezuelan head of state and Chávez’ political heir Nicolás Maduro.
“All democracies must be respected,” Timerman said and pointed out the Maduro administration “has not had not a single day of peace to govern” since it won the elections eight months ago.
“You can not lose the elections and start destabilizing protests the very next day,” the head of Argentina’s diplomatic affairs insisted, in line with President Kirchner’s recent statements over the Venezuela situation condemning the opposition there and calling to respect “democracy and life.”