CARACAS, Wednesday July 27, 2005 | Update
Minister of Communication and Information Andrés Izarra
confirmed Wednesday that he quit the position occupied since
September 2004 in order to preside over hemispheric TV station
He explained that the action was taken to prevent overlapping and any government interference with the channel.
During a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace, Izarra thanked those who supported him during his 11-month stay in office and helped him undertake a number of projects.
He noted that President Hugo Chávez is to announce soon the name of the succeeding minister.
Izarra provided assurances for plurality and open-mindedness in Telesur programming, and clarified that his move is in line with the commitment to an independent and objective TV station. The official claimed that the opposition would enjoy coverage as part of the channel programming.
10:07 AM. DIPLOMACY. Admired by the Colombian guerrilla after his coup attempt in 1992, the then lieutenant colonel Hugo Chávez Frías received financial support by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) for his projects after his capture that year. This mostly explains the relationship and "debt" between the parties, as revealed by a paper of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) of the United Kingdom.