Venezuela Announces News Agency


Richard Moore

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Venezuela Announces News Agency at Non-Aligned Summit
Saturday, Sep 16, 2006

By: JoJo Farrell

Credit: NAM

Caracas, Venezuela, September 16, 2006 - The South American Television Network 
Telesur announced the creation of a news agency to rival Reuters and the 
Associated Press, this Thursday.   Andres Izarra, President of the 
Venezuela-based Telesur, made the declaration at the 14th Non-Aligned Summit 
this week.  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived in Havana on Thursday for 
the highly anticipated meeting being held in Cuba for the second time in its 45 
year history.

Telesur¹s announcement comes at a time of increased regional integration, 
championed by Chavez and his call for independence from the United States.  
During the announcement of the news agency, Izarra stated that Latin America¹s 
news is monopolized by Reuters and the AP, and this new initiative will help to 
diversify the international media.

³This represents a new step that Telesur is taking towards the democratization 
of information and towards the inclusion of more voices in the spectrum of 
international initiatives,² said Izarra.

Izarra stated that the news agency will involve collaboration with international
partners, though he did not expand on who those may be.  Izarra declared that a 
more in-depth announcement would soon follow.

President Chavez arrived to the summit on Thursday.  Many see this as Chavez¹s 
last opportunity to lobby UN members before the upcoming meeting in New York 
this month, in which Venezuela will contend for a seat on the UN Security 
Council.  Venezuela is competing with the U.S. backed Guatemala for the seat. 
Venezuela supporters accuse Guatemala of being one of the worst abusers of Human
Rights in the region.

Challenge to the United States

On the agenda at the Summit, which comes to a close today, was the passage of a 
declaration condemning unilateral actions and ³hegemonic international 
domination². The document stops short of naming the United States though it is 
clearly directed at the North American country.  Chavez addressed the summit and
led with harsh criticism of the negative impact of U.S. interference in 
international affairs.  He also spoke of the opportunities that lay ahead.

"This is the most important forum of the early 21st century because it takes 
place when the U.S. empire is experiencing decline," Chavez said.

Venezuela¹s close relationship with Cuba, who will lead the Non Aligned Movement
(NAM) for the next 3 years, places it in a strategic position.

Countries at the summit also discussed international discrimination towards 
Venezuela, Cuba and Iran; balanced relations between the North and South; and 
greater collaboration between developing nations.

Fidel Castro

Although Fidel Castro has been meeting with leaders visiting Cuba for the NAM 
summit, it was announced earlier in the week that he would not lead the Cuban 
Delegation.  Castro has temporarily handed power over to his brother Raul Castro
while he is recovering from surgery.  Nevertheless, yesterday the recovering 
Castro was elected president of the NAM body.

Members of NAM are expecting that this years meeting in Havana will bring new 
life to the movement by calling for a more pro-active approach to south-south 
cooperation, such as Cuba´s example of offering doctors to needy regions of the 

The NAM grew to118 nations this week, with the addition of Haiti and St. 
Kitts-Nevis.  The NAM is the second largest international organization in the 
world after the United Nations.

The first Non-aligned Summit was held in 1961 and was founded by nations seeking
independence from Cold War giants - The Soviet Union and The United States.  The
inclusion of Cuba as a founding member, and the addition of Vietnam among other 
nations who received support from the Cold War Powers, has always been a source 
of controversy as to the true independence of the movement.  The NAM continues 
to redefine itself since the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

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