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Parliament Commission rejected coercive measures against Venezuela

Caracas, May 9 (Prensa Latina) The Permanent Commission of Energy and Petroleum of the Venezuelan National Assembly (Parliament) strongly rejected the coercive and unilateral measures imposed by the United States, it was reported here today.

The deputies of this parliamentary structure approved a communiqué yesterday in ‘total rejection of the coercive and unilateral measures against oil and gas’, after Washington decided not to renew license 44 last April.

The president of the commission, Angel Rodriguez, stated that the U.S. government ‘has no authority at world level to take this type of criminal actions against Venezuela and its people’.

He stressed that with these actions the United States intends to ‘continue disturbing the economic and financial life of Venezuela’, according to a press release.

Rodriguez said that the people, and mainly the workers of the oil industry, responded to these measures ‘with a considerable increase in the production of crude oil and every day we are getting closer to the goal of 1,100,000,000 barrels’, he affirmed.

He pointed out that the non-renewal of the licenses to the Venezuelan oil industry generated ‘a disturbance in the energy market’, which was already affected by the warlike confrontation in Europe and the Middle East, for which he did not rule out the possibility of generating a crisis.

The legislator commented that the Bolivarian Republic has the largest oil reserves in the world and can supply international needs.

He remarked that Venezuela does not have to ask anyone for permission to have commercial relations with any other nation; ‘we are independent and sovereign and those who wish to sign contracts for the exploitation and commercialization of crude oil will be welcome’, he expressed.