Venezuelan VP Nicolás Maduro returns from Cuba
Maduro confirmed that he was in Havana with National Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello and other members of the executive cabinet
In his first statement after arriving from Havana, Maduro said he was in Cuba with "Diosdado Cabello, the Speaker of the National Assembly and also first vice-president of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), who along with Rafael Ramírez, the Minister of Energy and Mines; Adán Chávez, the governor of Barinas state; Cilia Flores, the Solicitor General of the Republic; and Jorge Arreaza, the Minister of Science and Technology, spent the last hours accompanying President Hugo Chávez."
Maduro arrived in Venezuela from Cuba, where he visited President Chávez, who is recovering after a surgery for cancer performed December 11.
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."