Saturday, July 4, 2009

Venezuela Suspends Oil Supplies to Honduras

Ria Novosti
Friday, 3 July 2009

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said his country is suspending oil supplies to Honduras over the recent coup in the Central American country, Spain's EFE news agency said on Friday.

The Honduran military arrested President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, the day polls were due to open for a referendum on the extension of his non-renewable, four-year term of office, and flew him to Costa Rica.

"We have suspended shipments of oil" produced by Petrocaribe to the country, Chavez said in his television program on Thursday night.

The Venezuelan president said Petrocaribe energy supplies to Honduras had been planned for next week.

Petrocaribe is an oil alliance between Venezuela and Caribbean nations that allows certain countries to buy oil at preferential rates.

Chavez denied claims that Venezuelan energy supplies to Honduras on preferential terms had constituted "financial assistance" to Zelaya.

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