The death of the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was announced last night. Foreign Minister Westerwelle issued the following statement this morning in Berlin (6 March):
The death of Hugo Chavez marks the end of an era for Venezuela. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. Our condolences go to the Venezuelan people.
I am confident that after a period of mourning, Venezuela will successfully enter a new era.
Venezuela is a country with huge potential, and democracy and freedom are the way in which to realize this potential.