Thursday, March 01, 2007

Alunasa: Oscar Arias applauds Chavez' decision

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Tuesday branded as "wise" President Hugo Chavez decision to keep in Costa Rica the operations of Venezuelan-owned aluminum processing plant CVG Aluminios Nacionales S.A. (Alunasa).

"I believe this has been a very wise decision by the Venezuelan Government. As a Costa Rican and in behalf of Costa Rica, I thank him," Arias said, and conceded that he heard of Chavez' decision in the press, rather than receiving an official communication.

However, Arias commented it was "really wonderful, because not only the jobs of 400 very humble Costa Ricans were at stake, but also 2,500 people depending on them. The truth is this has been the right decision," AP reported.

Hugo Chavez formally announced the continuing operations of the plant, located in Esparza, Puntarenas, in his T.V program "Hello, President."

Arias also welcomed the idea of Venezuela opening more plants in Central America.

"I hope he does open other plants, specially in a country as poor as Nicaragua"

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