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December 13, 2002
Question Taken at December 13, 2002 Daily Press Briefing

Travel of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Tom Shannon (Taken Question)

Question: What is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Tom Shannon doing in Venezuela?

Answer: Mr. Shannon arrived in Caracas Thursday, December 12. He is consulting with Ambassador Shapiro and meeting with government and opposition leaders, as well as Organization of American States Secretary General Gaviria. His visit is an expression of our concern with the situation in Venezuela. He will convey our view in favor of a peaceful, constitutional, democratic and electoral solution to the crisis. He will also reiterate our support for OAS Secretary General Gaviria’s efforts to mediate dialogue. Shannon returns to Washington this weekend.

Released on December 13, 2002

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