Chinchilla criticized for declaration praising Chavez

Cuban President Raul Castro (R) talks with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (L), Mexican first lady Angelica Rivera (2nd L) and Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla during the family picture of members of the Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on January 28, 2014 at Revolution Palace in Havana. At back L-R, Saint Kitts and Nevis Denzil Douglas, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, his wife Rosario Murillo and Jamaican President Portia Simpson-Miller. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL LAGE

Cuban President Raul Castro (R) talks with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (L), Mexican first lady Angelica Rivera (2nd L) and Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla during the family picture of members of the Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on January 28, 2014 at Revolution Palace in Havana. At back L-R, Saint Kitts and Nevis Denzil Douglas, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, his wife Rosario Murillo and Jamaican President Portia Simpson-Miller. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL LAGE

January 31st, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) President Laura Chinchilla is being criticized for signing the final declaration of the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) along with 31 other regional leaders, which honors former Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez.

 

The declaration honors former Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, with adjectives such as “humanist and relentless.”

 

“[Chinchilla] didn’t have to sign.  In foreign policy, we say we are very respectful of the way in which each country is governed, but then to sign documents which praise certain leaders with whom we have differences (…) under the conditions and the way it was written, [Chinchilla] shouldn’t have signed,” Libertarian presidential hopeful, Otto Guevara said.

 

PLN presidential candidate, Johnny Araya, said he did not know the details of the declaration and would have to read it for review, but added “I have held a critical position of Chavez; during his government of Venezuela [the country] did not advance in many areas, [Chavez] violated democracy and liberty.”

 

Chinchilla, for her part, told reporters that the issue was a “small point” amongst the agreements made at the summit.

 

 

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