President Chavez won’t accept the White House’s nominee for ambassador to VenezuelaBy AP
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Chavez: US diplomat won’t be accepted as envoy
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has gone through with his threat to reject the diplomat nominated by President Barack Obama to be the U.S. ambassador to Caracas.
Chavez said Sunday he won’t accept Larry Palmer as ambassador because he suggested morale is low in Venezuela’s military and said Colombian rebels have sought refuge in Venezuela.
Palmer made the comments last month during the Senate confirmation process. He said morale is reportedly low in the Venezuelan military because of politically motivated appointments, and he raised concerns that Chavez has ignored the presence of Colombian rebel camps inside Venezuela.
There was no immediate comment from Washington.
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