The Chilean Foreign Ministry urged the Venezuelan government to expedite the payment of USD 80 million to about 50 Chilean companies that have done business in the Caribbean country and have not received any payment so far, said on Friday Chilean newspaper El Mercurio.
The complaint was made through a letter, the third communication sent by the Chilean Foreign Ministry with the same purpose in the last six months, according to the newspaper.
In the letters, the Chilean government asks Venezuela to expedite the payments to companies such as airline Lan Chile; wine producers such as Concha y Toro, San Pedro, Valdivieso and Tabalí, together with food companies Córpora tres montes, Intereseafood and Carozzi, among others, AFP reported.
The payments have been delayed by problems with Venezuela's Foreign Exchange Administration Commission (Cadivi).
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."