Serial No. 109-189: Venezuela: Terrorism Hub of South America? Hearing before the Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, July 13, 2006 [open pdf - 360KB]
From the opening statement of Edward R. Royce: "In May, the State Department designated Venezuela as 'not cooperating fully' with United States antiterrorism efforts. This designation is different than the more serious and commonly referred to state sponsor of terrorism designation. This designation precludes the sale of, licensing of defense material and services to Venezuela. Venezuela is now the only country on the 'not cooperating fully' list that is not also designated as a state sponsor of terrorism...Venezuela, under President Hugo Chavez, has tolerated terrorists on its soil and has forged close relationships with officially designated state sponsors of terrorism: Cuba, Iran and North Korea. Colombian terrorist groups use Venezuelan territory for safe haven. The armed Colombian terrorist groups, though they have waged no attack on United States soil, are among the most active terrorist gangs in the world. Several of their leaders have been indicted in the United States for killings and kidnappings of Americans and of course for drug trafficking. The State Department will testify today that, 'While it remains unclear to what extent the Government of Venezuela provides material support to Colombian terrorists, it is difficult to believe that the Chavez Government is unaware of or helpless to prevent such activity.' In my view, Venezuela is walking a thin line between 'not cooperating fully' against terrorism and 'state sponsorship' of terrorism." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Frank C. Urbancic, Jr., Russ Carnahan, Edward R. Royce, Brad Sherman, Jerry Weller, and Ted Poe.
Serial No. 109-189
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