Caracas, Venezuela–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–July 20, 2007–In a lengthy report, the entrepreneur Gustavo Cisneros, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Cisneros Group, gives extensive details about preparations and facts regarding the meeting that took place on June 18th, 2004 at the Fuerte Tiuna military base in Caracas including Venezuela’s President Chavez, former US President Carter and Gustavo Cisneros. The most significant conclusion of the document is that there was no agreement of any type among the participants in the mentioned meeting, which is the same conclusion reported today by an independent investigation conducted by Casto Ocando and published today July 20, 2007 in both El Nuevo Herald and The Miami Herald. Cisneros states for the record that the meeting was about matters of public concern only (the complete text is available on http://www.venevision.net and http://www.cisneros.com).
The most important points in the 12-page document are:
— The meeting took place at the request of former President Jimmy Carter in support of the Recall Referendum.
— Gustavo Cisneros’ aim was to make sure the Recall Referendum would take place.
— During the meeting, Carter and Cisneros did not wander from the agreed agenda.
— Cisneros requested that President Chavez stop the continuous attacks on the news independent media, TV stations and journalists.
— President Chavez’s response was to ask that the TV stations and media also stop the continuous attacks against him.
— President Carter wanted to assure there would be further mediation efforts to reconcile differences between the government and the press.
— No “deal”, no agreement of any type, was made between any of the three participants, not before, during or after the meeting.
Due to the proliferation of rumors and speculation by uninformed sources that were not at the meeting, we encourage journalists to corroborate these facts with the two presidents who were at the meeting.
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