September 09, 2017

The Venezuelan National Assembly, the real not the fake, needs to be careful it does not legitimize odious credits

Sir, Henry Foy, Robin Wigglesworth and Gideon Long report on how “Venezuela [Maduro] has invited international bondholders to negotiations over its foreign debt as Caracas seeks to mitigate the impact of US sanctions and survive a deepening economic crisis.” “Venezuela sets up talks on foreign debt” September 9.

Legitimate debt/credit, sort of legitimate debt/credit, more dubious debt/credit and clearly odious debt/credit composes Venezuela’s public debt. It behooves Venezuela, as well as all citizens in the world who could in the future face similar challenges, to make sure that in any negotiations here referred to, there are true representatives of the Venezuelan citizens, in order to make sure that differentiation occurs, and that there is no legitimation of debts that do not entirely merit it.

In this respect I hope the Venezuelan National Assembly, by voting, not by some finger-pointing appointments, selects who are going to represent it in any of these negotiations; and then formally notifies all interested parties of their names, that including all officials of the Paris Club.

Clearly those Venezuelan citizens representatives must present no conflicts of interest with either creditors or with those in government that have been involved with the “contracting” of such debt.

PS. What’s “sort of legitimate debt/credit”? That which is legitimate in legal but not in moral terms.