Cochez is not sorry about his remarks at OAS
The comments made by Panamanian Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) Guillermo Cochez unleashed a showdown with his Venezuelan counterpart
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"I just can say that I am very satisfied with my conscience for what I did and I do not regret a thing," Cochez told Efe on Thursday in a telephone conversation.
"Like it or not, the matter is already inside the OAS; that was like a cluster bomb," he added.
Cochez did not say whether he ponders on his resignation, as requested by some Panamanian politicians, but said again that he intended to call Insulza's attention. "My criticism of the Secretary-General has been made by many other sectors as well," he stressed.
The diplomat's remarks unleashed a showdown with Venezuelan Ambassador to the OAS Roy Chaderton and were further rebutted by the Panamanian Foreign Office in a communiqué for considering them "made without consultation."
Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli termed on Thursday Cochez's criticism as "an opinion of his own."
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.