(posted June 22, 5:40 a.m.)- Florida Republican congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a statement last night supporting the U.S. State Department’s cancelation of Nicaragua’s transparency waiver and urging the Obama Administration to not let up on the property waiver.
“Given Nicaragua’s lack of transparency when it comes to elections, it should come as no surprise that Ortega and his regime do not meet fiscal transparency standards either,” the congresswoman said in a statement. “I am particularly troubled about the hundreds of millions which Nicaragua receives in aid from the Venezuelan and Iranian regimes which is unaccounted for. Where is the money?”
Ros-Lehtinen said she remains “deeply concerned” about the remaining U.S. citizen property claims in Nicaragua.
“I urge the Obama Administration not to issue the confiscated property waiver unless and until the Nicaraguan regime commits to settling these outstanding claims swiftly. Too much time has passed without these families receiving proper compensation or legal recourse.”
The Nicaraguan government is, in fact, resolving the remaining cases with haste. The government, business leaders and political analysts in Nicaragua say the Ortega administration has fulfilled its obligations on a technical level and should be granted the property waiver next month.