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Venezuela's government condemns Obama's comments

6:19 PM, May 4, 2013   |    comments
US President Barack Obama leaves with Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla (L, background) at the end of the Inclusive Economic Growth and Development forum, at the Old Customs House in San Jose on May 4, 2013. Obama turned the spotlight on economic ties with Latin America on Saturday as he wrapped up a three-day trip to a region roiled by drug violence. Obama sought to shift the narrative away from the drug war during visits to Mexico and Costa Rica this week, praising trade as a path to fig
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuela's government is condemning comments made by U.S. President Barack Obama about the South American country's political crisis, accusing Washington of being behind violence that has followed its recent presidential election.

A statement from the foreign ministry says that Obama's "fallacious, intemperate and interventionist declaration" will lead to deteriorating relations between the countries.

The statement read Saturday referred to comments the U.S. president made to Spanish-language television network Univision.

In the interview, Obama wouldn't say if the United States recognizes Maduro as Venezuela's new president. When asked, he replied that it's up to the people of Venezuela to choose their leaders in legitimate elections.

He said reports indicate that basic principles of human rights, democracy, press freedom and freedom of assembly were not observed following the election.

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