Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The replacement at the Argentine embassy in Venezuela exposed a diplomatic scandal

The new ambassador of Argentina to Venezuela, Oscar Laborde, meets with Nicolas Maduro this Monday present your credentials Alberto Fernandez’s government.

Kirchnerist leaders arrived in Caracas a few days ago and will present themselves with a new dialogue profile with all sides, seeking a business profile and calling for the embrace of the Venezuelan President, San Martín-Bolivar.

Laborde, who until recently was Deputy Speaker of the Mercosur Parliament (Parlasur), maintains a discreet profile. But his arrival in Venezuela was just a few days earlier. Career diplomat Eduardo Poretti, in the middle of a spectacular scandal caused by the resistance of the former charge d’affaires in CaracasTo leave without heroism.

In addition, an unprecedented series of posts on social networks and the publication of a journalistic article by Poretti in the Argentine media Chavista provoked a harsh claim to Argentina from the Foreign Ministry and a strong local challenge to Poretti, That he has to return to Buenos Aires, for now with no destination. He spent more than six years on a mission abroad.

Although Poretti’s saddest post about his departure from Venezuela, accompanied by his lamb named Burek, disappointed but not disturbed, was his last writing, even in the face of his affection for his fate. The opposite, which generated a reprimand.


Eduardo Poretti, now former charge d’affaires in Venezuela, with his dog Burek. He was replaced by manager Oscar Laborde.

Last week he inaugurated a bust of Jorge Luis Borges in Caracas Park, which was disturbing but did not cause a stir, but a comment. He then uploaded a video to YouTube with his full performance in Venezuela, critical and favorable journalistic articles and the song “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2.

And then he a. published a farewell letter with “Thanks Venezuela” Due to which Deputy Foreign Minister Rander Pea Ramírez troubled his Argentine counterpart Pablo Tettamanti.

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In the letter, Poretti wrote about the ordeal that took place there during these six years, which surprised his Latin American colleagues because he had always been pleased with Chavismo, beyond the fact that he also met opposition leaders such as Juan Guaidó. Is.

“Thanks Venezuela!” with that he said he had passed by “Extremely difficult moment, in which physical safety has been repeatedly put at risk. For years we had no drinking water (this would be at the embassy), nor with the provision of certain medicines, nor permanent electricity – and Sometimes – with food”. Then he deleted it.

There is no tradition in Latin American diplomacy that diplomats post their lives with their name and surname, and character is created on behalf of the state, as do those in the United States and Europe, for example. In addition, they are prohibited and many diplomatic networks resort to false accounts to follow.

Poretti is a special case in politics. He arrived in Caracas, guarded by Christina Kirchner’s government, at the end of that administration. A very sensitive place for Kirchnerism was when Carlos Cheppi was the ambassador, associated with former planning minister Julio de Viddo.

Poretti soon learned how to win Macron’s sympathy, where his good contacts at Casa Rosada earned him. A promotion in the ambassador’s career, although he always held the post of charge d’affaires at diplomatic headquarters., because Mauricio Macri’s government degraded diplomatic ties with Chavismo, ending the ambassadorial figure. His Latin American and European colleagues stated that he was alternately critical of Kirchnerism and Macrismo. But his report on the situation was highly valuable.

After two years without an ambassador, Alberto Fernández now decided to “normalize” the relationship and so he sent Laborde., The poretti – a rare bird also due to its greater intellectual and authorial profile – appeared in replacement newspapers because no one had warned it. He began his long farewell with a scandalous ending. One version also says that three days after Laborde arrived at his residence in Caracas, they asked him to find a hotel. Similarly, in consultation with Clarins, the protagonist denies it. But Poretti is no longer headquartered in Argentina.

Poretti in Caracas is equally protected by diplomatic law because unless he receives an order to return – a cable from Minister Santiago Cafiero or Deputy Foreign Minister Tettamanti – he is not to return, although his desire to stay is still there. Also keen in personal and professional terms. ,

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That order has yet to reach them, a similar case of delay that happened to Sergio Uribari in Israel. Once it arrives, you have 45 days to do it and collect about $50,000 that corresponds to your move. The curious thing about the workings of the bureaucracy in Argentina is that it has been known for months that Laborde was going to be ambassador and weeks earlier his appointment was confirmed by presidential decree. The Argentine state, unlike what others do to save on unnecessary expenses, maintains two officials in dollars in Venezuela today. This isn’t the first time this is happening.

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