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Venezuela condemns US meddling report on its domestic policies

Caracas, 18 Sep. AVN.- The Venezuelan Government condemned Wednesday a report released by the United States Administration about the country's domestic affairs, particularly in matters of counternarcotics.

Recently, the United States released a report affirming that Venezuela has not met commitments against drug trafficking and the international production of drugs over the last 12 months.

Bellow, the complete text released by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry in the face of the meddling US report:

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela strongly condemns the report released by the United States Administration in matters of drugs on September 15th. In this report, the North American Government once again claims the right to interfere in our domestic affairs, in this case questioning the outstanding efforts made by the Venezuelan State to fight the problem of drugs. Thus, once again, the North American Government insists on attacking us publicly with a meddling attitude that offends our people and which we will not accept.

The Venezuelan State keeps a frontal struggle against the phenomenon of drug trafficking, since we understand it as one of the most aberrant expressions of the capitalist system, which rots society, family and degrades human being, causing situations of violence that are suffered by our people.

Venezuelan State's sovereign policy embraces fighting all expressions of drug trafficking and a strong punishment to this crime, including severe sentences and the seizure of goods to drug dealers. Our action has translated into dismantling important international drug cartels that have intended to use Venezuela as a transit country. Internationally, there are permanent joint operations and coordination with neighbor countries and in the region, Venezuela has endorsed over 52 anti-drug cooperation agreements, within the framework of UNASUR, it presides the South American Council for the World Drug Problem. Advances in our anti-drug policy have been acknowledged in latest reports of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

What we will not accept is that the United States intends to use the struggle against drugs as a mechanism to subjugate and violate the sovereignty of our countries, as excuse to keep the presence of military forces in our territories.

Finally, it is incomprehensible that being the United States the country where the largest levels of use and distribution of illicit substances occur, its Government devotes efforts to declare and condemn the policies of other countries against drugs, instead of developing more effective policies in its country to fight money laundering and deter consumption among its population. Our Government is sensitive to this situation and expresses its solidarity to thousands of Latin American and North American families that are victims of the illicit use of drugs and trafficking, problem that we will continue fighting permanently.

Interior Minister presented new evidence on terrorist actions by Venezuelan right-wing

Caracas, 18 Sep. AVN.- On Wednesday, Interior Relations, Justice and Peace minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres submitted to the country new evidence on terrorist actions of the Venezuelan right-wing groups against the people.

In an interview with private TV station Venevision, the minister showed a video in which Venezuelan citizen Lorent Gomez Saleh -who was expelled from Colombia in early September due to illegal actions in that country- is observed explaining his terrorist plans aimed at sabotaging municipal elections in Tachira state.

In the audiovisual material, Gomez says that he should postpone his plans until finding out the outcome of Colombia's presidential elections, noting that in October he would apply "the game of the clay," which was meant to create chaos and instability in the border entity.

This video follows another released on Monday in state media, in which the planning of terrorist actions –as placing explosives in clubs and at the regional headquarters of the National Electoral Council– is revealed.

In the material presented on Wednesday, Lorent Gomez acknowledges that situation going on the border "is not accidental," and reveals his intentions of carrying out simultaneous terrorist attacks against four targets of San Cristobal, which include an insurer, a parking lot, a political office and a state-run bank.

He also states its intention to attack pro-government social groups of Tachira.

Minister also said that this citizen is detained since last September 8, after failing to appear in a court in central state of Carabobo. Besides, he participated in the extreme right group Juventud Activa Venezuela Unida (JAVU), born under the funding of former presidential candidate and former governor of Carabobo, Henrique Salas Romer.

"Then for reasons of leadership he creates the Freedom Operation and begins to move around the country and define his paramilitary and terrorist profile," he said.

In the first video revealed this week Lorent Gomez acknowledges that "Freedom Operation" is a "diplomatic facade" to hide their true plans.

Ties to Uribe

The minister said that Colombian former president Alvaro Uribe Velez finances and instructs the terrorist group formed by Lorent Gomez and Gabriel Valleys, with the aim of ending the Bolivarian revolution.

"We have determined that this young man has ties to the church in Colombia, two deputies renowned in the country, who precisely lobbied him with Uribe. We have no doubt that Lorent is Alvaro Uribe Velez disciple."

He said the video is important because it presents Gomez talking about "how to train and which Uribe's guidelines need to be followed to organize groups like this all over America, to fight against the Left."

The minister also informed that investigations of Venezuelan state security forces link Gomez with right-wing activists like Maria Machado and Leopoldo Lopez, who were allegedly responsible for terrorist actions aimed at destabilizing the nation.

"We are already putting together all puzzle pieces of conspiracy and insurrection we saw in violent riots and that are intended to revive."

Extreme right sectors with international support launched in Venezuela a sedition plan with a clear goal: to overthrow the legitimately elected government. The plan has met several stages, one against the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, as happened with the April 2002 coup, which lasted 48 hours, and others, with equal intensity and new players, against president Nicolas Maduro, a plan that was unveiled in May by minister Rodriguez Torres.

Furthermore, Interior and Justice minister noted that the conspiratorial plan was launched in October 2010 with the so-called "Fiesta Mexicana" (Mexican party), where several figures of the far right as Gustavo Tovar Arroyo –who is currently involved in the logistics and financing of terrorists actions– and former mayor and promoter of fascist gangs in San Cristobal, Daniel Ceballos, among others.

Call upon the opposition

Minister Rodriguez Torres called upon democratic sectors of the Venezuelan opposition to make "a serious and forceful statement condemning the attitudes and intentions of bringing terrorism to Venezuela."

Similarly, he recalled that, given the strong evidence, the Colombian Senate rejected the motion of censure submitted by Uribe's Democratic Center party against Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin for expelling Lorent Gomez and Gabriel Valles from Colombian territory.

He also announced that in the coming days the Venezuelan government will present new videos and evidence that confirms the terrorist group plans aligned with the extreme right.

Set up Venezuela-Iran commission to review bilateral cooperation

Caracas, 16 Sep. AVN.- The Eighth Joint Commission Venezuela-Iran has been set up in Caracas on Tuesday with a view to review the progress of bilateral agreements endorsed in different fields.

"In this moment is carried out the inauguration of 8th Joint Commission Venezuela-Iran," informed Venezuelan Industries minister Jose David Cabello through a message posted to his Twitter account @jdavidcabello.

The event is carried out in the headquarter of Venezuela's foreign ministry. Besides minister, it is also attended by foreign minister Rafael Ramirez, vice-minister of economic cooperation Claudia Salerno, and Iran's industries and commerce minister Mohammad Reza Nemazadeh.

After the opening event, five working groups were set up in different areas with a view to discuss agreements with about 30 Iranian companies.

Over the last years, Venezuela and Iran have endorsed cooperation agreements embracing areas such as technology, health, agriculture, food, industry, infrastructure and housing.

Relationship between the two countries strengthened under the administration of commander Hugo Chavez, in 1999.

Government plans to build 1 more per parish

Caracas, 16 Sep. AVN.- Through the China-Venezuela agreement, the Venezuelan government plans to carry out a construction project of 1,500 educational centers nationwide, among simoncitos (nursery), schools and high schools, Minister for Education, Hector Rodriguez, told private TV station Globovision on Tuesday.

He also stressed that "the idea is to ensure that throughout the national territory there is quality infrastructure. That is why, of these 1,500 centers, at least one should be located in every parish."

He reaffirmed that for the new school year, students will have 100 new schools to be opened progressively in the coming days, "and in addition to this number, there are about 50 educational
centers with comprehensive recoveries, plus 8,200 that were restored," with an investment of over 10 billion bolivars.

He emphasized that the idea is that all schools are in perfect condition, with the help of teachers, students, parents, and community councils, "we had been doing since February, March through July, all weekends and every day of August. We will continue to work at this rhythm now on weekends."

Rodriguez described as very good the start of the academic activities in the country on Monday for the 2014-2015 period, for which over 10 million students from elementary to post-doctoral studies were convened to begin the school year.

He said that 92% of schools opened their doors and there were 67% of attendance. "In recent years we have been gradually rising attendance. We held campaigns before the start of classes, we are also stepping up efforts to provide a quality education and to be in full compliance with school calendar."

Another line of work for the beginning of the new school year is the medical check-up students are required to do at the start of the school year, in January 2015 and by the end of the school year with the completion of anthropometric tests to measure sporting and cultural potential of students.

He also recalled the delivery of 30 million textbooks, 30,000 Canaima laptops, which this time will be allocated not only to students but also teachers. Besides, 1,500 science labs were equipped in schools and high schools.

Venezuela's revolution boosted university enrollment by 294%

Caracas, 16 Sep. AVN.- During the last 14 years, the number of university students in Venezuela increased by 294% from 894,418 in 2,000 to 2,630,000 in 2014. This indicates that the country has the world's fifth largest number of young people studying at universities, according to figures released in 2010 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The increase represents an enrollment rate of 83%, ie 83% out of 100% of places available, is allocated to 2,630,000 students.

Vice President of Planning and Knowledge Ricardo Menendez said Monday while visiting the Experimental University of the National Armed Forces (UNEFA) in Caracas, the objective is to reach 3 million places for university students to achieve 100% enrollment rate.

In a meeting with UNEFA students, apropos of the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year, Menendez said that the country "had in the past an enrollment rate of 43% and it is currently at 83%. Our goal is 100% by 2019, that is, three million students, happy with the university system of our country."

In this context, Menendez spoke about the opening of the UNEFA, which was formerly exclusively for officers of the armed forces and, since 1999, opened its doors to all young people across the country.

He recalled that this openness to people is an achievement of the Bolivarian Revolution, which in the last decade has opened numerous UNEFA campuses in different states, thus giving a boost to the democratization of higher education, coupled with efforts such as the Sucre Mission and the Bolivarian University of Venezuela.

On Monday. 2,630,000 college students from the public and private system were convened to begin the academic year, said Minister for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Manuel Fernandez.

In Venezuela more than 10 million children, youth and adults are enrolled in the education system, making the country an example of social inclusion in education.

Education for national development

In line with the development of the country, Menendez reported that "the sectoral programs (referred to the six-year nation's plan)," will be ready for October. Such programs will set out the broad lines to boost priority areas for the country: education, agriculture, housing, electricity, water, petrochemical, gas, telecommunications, among others.

"Our university system must be oriented towards the development of the country, the production of Venezuela," he said.

Minister Fernandez urged students to follow the instructions of President Nicolas Maduro of turning universities into research institutions to generate ideas and solutions in several areas.

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