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."
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.