A year ago, Chavez’s wife, Rosalia, was kidnapped in Caracas, the capital.
The kidnappers demanded $300 million for her release.
Rosalia gave her husband a free Christmas present: a bunch of chocolate bars for his wife.
“That’s how I learned to appreciate what a gift it was,” Chavez said.
The gift was a gift to the Venezuelan people.
When the country’s economy is struggling, he said, “they have a right to expect that something will be given.”
But Chavez has been far less generous with his countrymen.
In the run-up to the countrys presidential election in May, Chavez has promised to give away 100 million free cans of chocolate, but the president says he will only do that if the Venezuelan government can provide $1.3 billion in direct payments for a “revolving door” of Venezuelan businesspeople.
The president’s pledge to free the country from the shackles of U.S. dollars came just a month after he said the United States had “not made a single investment” in Venezuela, and that it “had no plan to help in the reconstruction of the country.”
But the Venezuelan economy has been crippled by inflation and shortages of food, medicine, and other goods, and Chavez has repeatedly called on Americans to buy Venezuelan products.
In May, he asked Americans to send $1 in gift cards to his office.
In February, he declared a holiday to thank Venezuelans for their sacrifices.
“For those of us who are still here, who have been in this country, we are here to help you with what you have been doing here,” he said at a rally in Carabobo state.
This is the time to be here and make a gift.” “
The American people, the American people are our neighbors.
This is the time to be here and make a gift.”
But when he was asked in June whether the United State had invested in Venezuela during the presidential campaign, he gave a different answer: “We haven’t invested in the economy of Venezuela.”
It’s hard to tell what Chavez has said to the U.N. about the kidnapping, because he hasn’t spoken publicly about it since his election victory in 2006.
The United States has denied any role in the kidnapping.
The country’s economic woes are often cited as evidence that Chavez has lost his way.
But the country is also a major source of U,S.
aid, a key lifeline for many Latin American nations, including Venezuela.
“There is no evidence that the United Sates involvement in the kidnappings was related to the election of Maduro or any other Venezuelan government decision,” the U and the U.-Colombia embassies in Washington, D.C., wrote in a letter to the UN Secretary General.
“It is a matter of great concern to the Secretary General that a large number of U-S.
citizens have been kidnapped and detained in Venezuela.”
In the wake of the kidnapping and death of Chavez’s predecessor, Hugo Chavez, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was concerned about a U. S. interest in “creating chaos” in the country, which could have repercussions for economic development.
The U.s. ambassador to Venezuela, David Shook, also said he had concerns about the kidnappers, saying, “It’s quite possible that U. s. officials were involved in this.”
Shook did not respond to a request for comment.
The UN also said it had received numerous reports of the kidnapper threatening to release the hostages if the U-N.
did not release a “fair and equitable payment” for the family of the missing businessman, Ricardo Tello.
The last U.n. payment to the family came in September.
But U. N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that the country has made progress in meeting its economic needs.
“We are very concerned by the abduction of the U S. ambassador and we are ready to make every effort to bring about a swift recovery of the hostages,” Guterre said at an emergency U. n.
Security Council meeting in March.
“However, we cannot allow that any hostage to be held hostage for the sake of ransom.”
The U-UN envoy said he would visit Venezuela on Wednesday to make a “high level” visit, but declined to elaborate.
The kidnapping of a U-n.
envoy was the most serious U. Nations breach since a 1998 assassination attempt on U. John F. Kennedy Jr. It was also the first time the United Nations Security Council has held a meeting in which a U,N.
official has been targeted.
The Council was also suspended for a week in August because of the assassination attempt.
In June, a U.,N.
envoy in North Korea was abducted in Pyongyang.