NEW YORK (Jan. 1)
Venezuela has refused a request by the Palestine Liberation Organization to open an office in Caracus, according to the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. The ADL said that the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Relations stated that the refusal was based upon Venezuela’s policy of maintaining relations only with nations and international organizations.
The PLO request was made Nov. 7 during a visit to Caracas by a PLO delegation. The PLO published an advertisement in Caracas newspapers on Dec. 18 as a means of pressuring the Venezuelan government. The advertisement expressed the PLO’s sadness that the government had not yet responded to the request for the establishment of an official permanent PLO delegation in Caracas, the ADL reported.