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  • Chavez rejects US ambassador-designate to Venezuela

    Published on August 9, 2010

     President Hugo Chavez has rejected Larry Palmer as the US ambassador-designate to Venezuela, and urged US President Barack Obama to “look for another candidate.”

    “How can you think I’d accept this gentleman coming here? You’d best withdraw him, Obama. Don’t insist, I’m asking you,” said Chavez in his weekly “Alo Presidente” radio and television show.

    Palmer recently voiced concern about Cuba’s growing influence in the Venezuelan military, which, he said was “considerably low” in morale and professionalism.

    In written answers to a US lawmaker’s questions — his nomination as ambassador must be confirmed by the Senate — Palmer also said there were “clear ties” between leftist Colombian guerrillas and Chavez’s government.

    Venezuela’s foreign ministry on Thursday had protested Palmer’s statements as “interference and interventionism” and asked the United States for an explanation before he was confirmed in his post.

    Palmer “can’t come here as ambassador,” said Chavez. “He disqualified himself by breaking all the rules of diplomacy. He messed with all of us. He can’t come here.”

    “The best thing the United States government can do is to look for another candidate,” for ambassador to Venezuela, he added.


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