Sunday, April 15, 2007

Chilean Government "Does Not Share" Chávez' Comments

The Chilean government said that it "does not share" Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez' remarks on an agreement reached at the Chilean Senate. Last Wednesday, the Chilean Senate agreed to request President Michelle Bachelet to speak up at the Organization of American States (OAS) against the Venezuelan government refusal to renew a broadcasting license for private TV channel Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV).
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet
"In Chile, we have democratic institutions and the Chilean Senate is one of them. The opinion voiced by the senators should be respected, whatever they are," Spokesman Ricardo Lagos Weber told reporters. However, he clarified that the Chilean government is willing to keep "normal relations" with Venezuela, Efe reported. Afterwards, on Thursday, President Chávez attributed the move to the Chilean "fascist rightwing."