Chavez says Germany is not EU's only voice
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has told Germany it is not Europe's only mouthpiece ahead of the European-Latin American summit in Peru
Caracas -- Venezuala has hit back in its increasingly hostile war of words with Germany by issuing a statement stressing that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not the EU's only voice.
In an official statement the Venezuelan government said, "Chancellor Merkel is not the only voice in the European Union, and one country alone will not be able to alter relations between Venezuela and the European Union, or biregional relations,"
Merkel had earlier told Deutsche Presse-Agentur in an interview that left- wing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is not the voice of the region. Chavez replied aggressively late Sunday in his weekly radio and television programme, saying that Merkel belongs to the political right, "the same right that supported Hitler, fascism."
On Tuesday, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry demanded "respect" from Germany in a statement, and defined Merkel's original remarks as "unfriendly."
Venezuelan authorities added that Merkel's comments "cast doubt on the German government's intention to build closer friendship ties with all Latin American and Caribbean countries."
Merkel travelled to Latin America on Tuesday and was expected in to meet Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Wednesday to discuss broader bilateral economic ties.
Over 60 leaders from the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean are set to meet Friday and Saturday in Lima for the European-Latin American summit. DPA