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Cablegate: Venezuela's Non-Response On Ending Export

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAGR ECON PGOV VE
SUBJECT: VENEZUELA'S NON-RESPONSE ON ENDING EXPORT
RESTRICTIONS AND SUPPORTING BIOTECH

REF: A. STATE 53346
B. STATE 53353
C. STATE 52628
D. CARACAS 329
E. CARACAS 140

1. (SBU) Post delivered the points in the referenced cables
via diplomatic note to the Ministry of International
Relations, the Ministry of Food, the Ministry of Agriculture
and Land, and the Ministry of Light Industry and Commerce
(refs A, B, C). There has been no response to date and Post
does not expect BRV cooperation on either the elimination of
export restrictions or the promotion of biotechnology for
domestic political reasons.

2. (SBU) Venezuela generally exports very little in the way
of agricultural products. Nevertheless, it maintains trade
restrictions on certain categories of food, requiring
exporters to obtain "certificates of local sufficiency" prior
to shipment (ref D). The BRV has also come out publicly
against biotechnology (ref E). Post will continue in its
efforts to open a dialogue with the BRV on these issues.
FRENCH

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