Friday, December 13, 2013

Venezuela blasts World Bank envoy over Haiti handling of PetroCaribe funds

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Venezuelan government has rejected comments made last week by Mary Barton-Dock, the World Bank's envoy to Haiti who suggested that the Caribbean country's handling of PetroCaribe funds lacked transparency.

The Venezuelan Ambassador to Haiti, Pedro Antonio Canino Gonzales, called Barton-Dock's comment disrespectful and denounced the Bank's interference in the bilateral affairs and the cooperation relationship between Haiti and Venezuela.

"(Venezuelan) President Nicolas Maduro is very satisfied with the way the Haitian government has spent PetroCaribe funds," Canino told HCNN on Tuesday in a phone interview.

"It is not up to the World Bank to determine whether the funds were well used or not," he said. "This is simply insolent," denounced Ambassador Canino.

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