U.S. Details Talks With Opposition
Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2002
Administration Insists It Did Not Encourage a Coup
The Bush administration acknowledged yesterday that senior U.S. officials had met with a number of Venezuelan opposition figures in recent months, including key leaders of last Friday's abortive coup, but insisted it had never encouraged them to mount a coup against President Hugo Chavez.
"United States officials explicitly made clear repeatedly to opposition leaders that the United States would not support a coup," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said. MORE