Canadian foreign minister cancels visit to Venezuela
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird was expected to arrive in Venezuela on Wednesday amidst a tour of Latin America countries. However, he canceled his trip without giving further explanations
"We hope to find another mutually convenient time to engage in talks with Venezuela on matters related to economic prosperity and human rights," the minister informed in a communiqué.
Baird would not explain the reasons for cancelling his trip to Caracas.
The announcement came following the return of President Hugo Chávez to Venezuela.
From Peru, the Canadian diplomat on Sunday stressed his country's concerns over Venezuela-Iran strengthening diplomatic and economic ties, and admitted that said links are causing frictions in Canada-Venezuela relations.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.