STATEMENT FROM USHCC PRESIDENT & CEO JAVIER PALOMAREZ ON HOUSE RESOLUTION ON VENEZUELA

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- "The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) applauds the House's resolution condemning recent violent events that have taken place in Venezuela. The USHCC is gravely concerned about the current government crackdown on opposition protests, particularly those involving students. As America's largest Hispanic business association, many of our members have deep ties to Latin America and conduct business in the region. It is critically important that the international community, particularly business leaders, take into account Venezuela's deteriorating situation and its destabilizing potential for our hemisphere. The country's current political and economic climate has posed threats to the commercial stability of the region, and poses a potentially serious threat to America's business interests. The USHCC stands ready to work with our nation's business organizations, entrepreneurs and political leaders in addressing the situation at hand, and we hope that a peaceful resolution can be reached between the people and the government of Venezuela."

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CONTACT:Valentina Pereda USHCC Director of Communications 202-489-2932Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce