Santos: Problematic transition in Venezuela could be bad for the region
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos claimed to have no news about the health status of his Venezuelan counterpart
"If there is an easy transition in Venezuela, as it were, and a transition with no disturbance whatsoever, unable to create any problems at all inside Venezuela, then all of us (in the region) would be alike; there would be no repercussion on the region," he reasoned.
"It would be terrible though if the transition were not smooth, sort of problematic; that would create troubles in the region," the Colombian leader underscored.
Queried into the medical status of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, after a surgery last week in Cuba as part of his cancer treatment, Santos replied, "The truth is that I lack accurate information."
"I understand that he is complicated... He would not have bid farewell in this way had he not been facing troubles, but I do not know for certain about his health status nowadays, neither does anybody."
The Colombian leader added that he has kept in touch with Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro, but gave no further details.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.