Jacobson "Confused" About Venezuela Sanctions

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
From El Universal:

Jacobson says she got confused about Venezuela in US Senate

Despite Roberta Jacobson's confusion, the US government insists in awaiting the outcome of the talks launched last month by the Venezuelan government and the opposition on the problems facing Venezuela and the political conflict affecting the country

United States Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson said on Wednesday that no member of the opposition coalition Mesa de la Unidad Democratica (MUD) taking part in negotiations with the government of Nicol├ís Maduro has asked her to waive sanctions on Venezuelan officials accused of human rights violations.

Jacobson told reporters that she was mistaken when she said last week -before a Senate panel- that Washington viewed as premature imposing sanctions on Venezuelan officials, because members of the opposition alliance had requested so, AP reported.

"I was wrong in the hearing. Some people have said no (to sanctions), but they are people outside the dialogue,'' Jacobson told journalists at the Embassy of Uruguay, after signing a memorandum of understanding to promote social, ethnic and racial equality with the South American nation.

"I did wrong. There was confusion during the hearing, when I remembered wrong,'' she added.