Chavez withdraws military attaches out of Paraguay
July 7, 2012, 12:14 am TWN
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that he ordered his country's military attaches to leave the Venezuelan Embassy in Paraguay, citing threats against diplomats amid growing tensions between the two governments.
Chavez said during a speech that he made the decision after death threats against some Venezuelan diplomats. He said the military attaches were sent to Argentina.
He didn't give details about the threats but noted that diplomats in the embassy have recently faced accusations in Paraguay of "preparing a coup," which Chavez denied.
Chavez made the announcement a day after Paraguay's new government withdrew its ambassador from Caracas and declared Venezuela's envoy no longer welcome in Asuncion. Venezuela's ambassador had already left Paraguay a week earlier when he was called home for consultations by Chavez.
Venezuela has vocally opposed the congressional impeachment and ouster last month of President Fernando Lugo, an ally of Chavez. Lugo was swiftly replaced by Vice President Federico Franco.