Venezuelan officials say Chávez signed documents and made decisions
A decision to incorporate two exploration areas to joint venture Petrocabimas was approved
For his part, Venezuela's Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro provided no information about the decisions made by President Chávez. "He (Cabello) still has to announce several decisions that the leader of the revolution, the constitutional president of Venezuela, has made."
Notwithstanding, Maduro explained that Oil Minister Rafael Ramírez submitted to Chávez some terms and conditions concerning the areas that were intended to be incorporated to joint venture Petrocabimas, comprised by Tía Juana Tierra and exploration areas east and south Cabimas (northwestwern Zulia state)."
Later on, the vice-president asked cameramen to zoom in on Chávez's signatura, which appeared on the document submitted by Ramírez.
As the cameras showed the president's signatura, Maduro remarked, "Let the evil minority burn."
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."