The world was very tough on Hugo Chavez today. First, the Colombian foreign Ministry “energetically” asked Chavez to collaborate on the fight against guerrillas and terrorism, in reference to those groups that use Venezuela as a ground base for operations in Colombia, without the Government doing much about it. Then, the US State Department issued a press release in which it condemns “inflammatory statements like those attributed (sic) to President Chavez which do not help to advance the dialog between the opposition and the Government to achieve a peaceful way out of the current situation”.
But perhaps the most complete (and sincere!) statement was made by Spain’s Senator Tamayo who said that Spain’s Foreign Minsiter had been “extremely prudent” and that he was “enormously” surprised by Chávez’ reaction which showed “a lot of nervousness”. But, in my opinion, his best statement was:”Venezuela has subscribed international treaties of obligatory fulfillment and by signing those all of us are subject to international criminal justice” . This is at the crux of the matter, subjects like Human and Civil Rights are covered by international treaties that, in the case of Venezuela’s Constitution, are above it. Hugo Cahvez refuses to accept this.