29 de ene. de 2010

Venezuela rejects France's statements on withdrawal of cable TV stations


RNV Web Press / TeleSUR.
27 Enero 2010, 09:31 AM
The Ministry of People's Power for Foreign Affairs rejected the statements by the spokesman of the Chancellory in France, Bernard Valero, who criticized the measure applied by the cable operators to get out of their programming grill the subscription channels that do not comply with the Law of Social Responsibility in Radio Television (Resorte), and urged the French government to rectify.

Through a Communiqué, the Chancellory of Venezuela said that "as a free and independent country, and profoundly democratic, it takes sovereign decisions to ensure the implementation of the Constitution and laws, and unconditionally ensure respect for all fundamental rights."

It also stresses that "Are unacceptable and reprehensible the remarks uttered by the French Chancellory spokesman, that undermine the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of the States".

The Government of France has been urged to rectify this statement, which "has put into question its adherence to international law, their wish to maintain cordial relations and could lead to the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to review its relations with France" , said the statement from the Venezuelan Chancellory.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela delivered a protest note to the Ambassador of France accredited to Venezuela, following the statements by Bernard Valero.

In Venezuela, the operators of subscription TV channels via cable, have taken out from their programming grids to seven national television stations, because they failed to comply, repeatedly in the case of Radio Caracas Television International (RCTVI) with the Social Responsibility Law for Radio and Television.

The director of the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel), Diosdado Cabello, said in the early hours of this Monday that the withdrawal of television national audiovisual production from the grid of the "cable operators" is faithfully adhered to the Law of Social Responsibility in Radio and Television, as well as to the Venezuelan Constitution.

In addition, Cabello reiterated that RCTVI can restart its transmissions after an appearance at Conatel and register as a national audiovisual producer, by having more than a 30 percent of its programming done in Venezuela. Subsequently it will be monitored for four months, in order to verify compliance with the regulations.

Communiquè from the Ministry of People's Power for Foreign Affairs:

The Ministry of People's Power for Foreign Affairs expresses its most energetic rejection of the misguided and interfering statements of the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of France, Bernard Valero, regarding the action taken by the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel ), on subscription television.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, as an independent, free and truly democratic country, takes sovereign decisions to ensure the implementation of the Constitution and laws, and unconditionally ensure respect for all fundamental rights. In this sense, are unacceptable and reprehensible the remarks uttered by the French Chancellory spokesman, that undermine the principle of noninterference in the internal affairs of the States.

The Ministry of People's Power for Foreign Affairs urges the Government of the French Republic to promptly rectify its position, since it has questioned its commitment to international law, their wish to maintain cordial relations and could lead to the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to review its relations with France.

Finally, given the clear interference assumed by the French Government, the Ministry of People's Power for Foreign Affairs states that will convene the Ambassador of the French Republic accredited to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to hand him a protest note.