President Carlos Andres Perez of Venezuela and his wife flew to La Paz, capital of Bolivia, on Saturday to attend ceremonies marking the 150th Anniversary of the country's independence from Spain.
President Carlos Andres Perez of Venezuela and his wife flew to La Paz, capital of Bolivia, on Saturday to attend ceremonies marking the 150th Anniversary of the country's independence from Spain. He was met at the airport by Bolivia's head of state, President Hugo Banzer, together with his wife and a welcoming party of government and military officials.
Among the ceremonies President Perez was due to attend was one at the city of Sucre on Wednesday (6 August). The city lies 350 km. (220 miles) southeast of the capital, and it was there that the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1825.
On Thursday, the day after the main Anniversary celebrations, he told a news conference that Venezuela supported Argentina's claims to sovereignty over the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), which are still administered by the British Government.
He also said that the United States control of the Panama Canal was "an open wound in our Latin America..... we do not want to provoke hostility, but to eliminate one of the basic difficulties in relations with the United States."
The Venezuelan President added that it was the duty of all countries of South America to contribute to a solution of the Panama sovereignty problem, and Bolivia's demand for an outlet to the sea, and Argentina's Falkland claim.