Businessmen Demand Withdrawal of Snowden Asylum Offer

Nicaraguan businessmen fear that the United States could retaliate against the country and that this would affect exports, investment and remittances.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Employers petitioned President Daniel Ortega to reconsider its offer of asylum to former U.S. consultant Edward Snowden. "We believe that there are no conditions for asylum," said the president of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep), Jose A. Aguerri. "the U.S.'s role in the economy and social development is huge, we are talking about exports, foreign investment, remittances," he added.

"Venezuela and Bolivia have that luxury because their weight against the United States makes it a different matter" contrary to Nicaragua, one of the poorest nations in the hemisphere, the Cosep official added.

Meanwhile, Diego Vargas, president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Nicaragua said: "We believe that the circumstances do not allow it", recalling that "officials of the U.S. government" have warned that they will take "economic and trade" measures against the country that offers Snowden assylum.

"President Ortega should take these elements into consideration," said Vargas.



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