US embassy ‘concerned’ about lack of transparency in Nicaragua’s Chinese canal project

estamos-unidos-logo-embassy(posted Jan 6, 4pm)— The U.S. Embassy today broke its long silence on Nicaragua’s Chinese canal project to express its “concern about the lack of information and transparency that has existed and continues to exist about many of the important aspects of this project.”

“We urge that in all phases of this project — including the financing, the feasibility and environmental studies, the bidding process for participating construction companies from the United States and other nationalities, and the methodology to resolve the issue of property, and other aspects — are done in a way that is open and transparent,” the embassy said in a press release.

The U.S. also urged “all actors associated with this project” as well as those who have expressed their opinions about the canal to “avoid violence and guarantee the respect of human rights.”

The U.S. Embassy says it is “analyzing all the available information about the canal project” and making efforts to meet with all involved parties, including civil society, indigenous groups, business leaders, members of political parties, representatives of the Sandinista government and HKND.

For more on China’s involvement in Latin America in 2015, click here.

  • gcblues

    transparency??? hahahahahaha

  • Pepe Turcon

    Knowing a few working at the Embassy and being them all strong supporters of “Green” attitudes towards the environment plus the fact that treating campesinos they way they have been by Ortega’s henchmen in the police and army the US Embassy is now in full force against Ortega and this will have direct implications with the approval of any funds where the US has veto power like the IMF and the World Bank.
    Don’t forget the important thing behind scenes here is the fact Ortega is at the end of his rope. With a very dead Chavez, a very dead Venezuela with a totally useless Maduro plus a dying Russia and Iran without the greenbacks (US $) from oil, Ortega is left without an ideological flag plus he has destroyed the means and ways a normal Country develops via Institutionalization ( Separate and imparcial powers in the Judiaciary, Electoral and Congress ) he is done, frito, hasta la vista baby.
    Thanks God for the USA !

    • GhostOfChe

      ¡Yanqui, venga en casa!

  • Ken Morris

    I’m really liking this new US ambassador. This statement out of the embassy is measured but appropriate. I sure hope the time doesn’t come when I have to change my opinion in light of revelations that the US embassy has been up to its old underhanded tricks, but for now I’m giving this ambassador another thumbs up.

    • itaia

      Pst! The guy you really need to watch is the German Ambassador: It’s 2015 and not like in the Reagan “Contra” era. Since the late 1990’s the U.S. has “farmed out” most subversive “ops” in Latin America to Germans: The BND, DW, KAS, RLS, HBS and hundreds of German NGOs. The Germans arouse no suspicion, but have to tow the line because Germany remains occupied by 56,000 U.S. troops, plus thousands of U.S. Agents. “U.S. Africom” for “ops” in Africa is located in Stuttgart/Germany…

      • Ken Morris

        Interesting, thanks.

        • itaia

          The BND ist the continuation of the Nazi Wehrmacht’s “Fremde Heere Ost” 1942-1945 the military intelligence against the Soviets. After 1945, the commander, General Reinhard Gehlen went over to the U.S. CIC with all his agents and files. Later Reinhard Gehlen and his agents constituted the official German intelligence organization, today’s BND, which now has 6,000 personnel in Germany and a guessed additional four thousands around the world. The BND is de facto under the direction of the CIA. The BND complex in Berlin has 6,000 rooms. There are 75 to 100 analysts on duty 24/7 monitoring events around the world. Yes, they are “concerned”, like the U.S. Embassy, about Nicaragua. But on the ground the mercenaries to watch in 2015 are the “activists” of European NGOs: Disguised as “protectors” of the environment, indigenous rights, human rights: As if Nicas were not intelligent enough! However – very important good business relations with Germany and the German business enterprises in Nicaragua are VERY BENEFICIAL FOR NICARAGUA. And they are only interested in business.

    • Pepe Turcon

      It’s a good start Ken. A very good start then it had the OK or green light from State. It will escalate. Don’t forget the US left open a defense agreement with Panama for defense and with no time limit. Any Chinese base wirt weapons at a 15 minutes flight from Panama is a threat that can not and will not be allowed.Let alone the Chinese keeping nukes in Nic.

  • itaia

    But the same U.S. Dept. of State supports the cause of the Keystone XL pipeline which would cross the American heartland including Native American reservations and above the biggest national aquiver! New oil-wells and access roads of oil tankers are being build ever year in the Florida Everglades regions and in Federal and State Nature Reserves – of course the “media” is not allowed by its own ownership to report about it…

  • Carla Chamorro

    Los padres de mis amigos fueron fundadores del Cosep como alternativa a
    los partidos politicos frente a Somoza y hoy Ortega les a hecho brazos
    politicos de su actuar. Nada tiene que estar pidiendo el Cosep
    elecciones libres etc. Estan asumiendo otro rol que no les corresponde y
    con esto Ortega no habla con nadie mas.Lo que va a terminar sucediendo
    es que Ortega va a terminar ahogando al Cosep ya que lo unico que esta
    es comprando tiempo (ambos) pronto se estaran machucandose
    los cayos y ya veras. Todo el cuento del canal, y te lo dice Carlos
    Pellas, no es mas que la busqueda de alguna bandera por parte de Ortega
    ya que con la muerte de Chavez y la sequia de petrodolares no tiene
    Ortega con que pagar el aparataje que necesita para mantenerse. Ya
    vendran los conflictos entre ellos, hay que seguir haciendo lo que se
    esta haciendo y tomar TODOS los frentes de lucha habidos y por haber.
    Que no quede piedra sin voltearse. La opinion mundial esta totalmente
    contra Ortega y mas aun con la payasada del canal.

    • Pepe Turcon

      ““The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists” – Winston Churchill”.

      • gcblues

        when making the post ww2 remark you cite Churchill was referring to social democrats he was running against and he was exactly correct. all the Social Democrat rhetoric of the time is exactly the same as you hear today. the need for the state to make material guarantees in exchange for individual liberty and property rights all under the umbrella lie for the “good of the majority”. .

    • STANNEKE

      Pienso cada uno debe hacer lo suyo, en alguna medida, para contrarestar este “ecocidio”.
      Por mi parte, en las discuciones que hablan acerca lo “glorioso” que será para Nicaragua la construcción de tal cosa (o bien destrucción de ecosistemas, etc.) dentro de las redes sociales, les pego el link del famoso discurso del 2007, donde el comandante argumenta las mismas cosas por las que ahora su policía personal y ejercito atacan a los protestantes que se oponen a dicho proyecto. Aca en Bélgica, los comentarios no son tan favorables, menos despues que el comanche mando a deportar sin razon aparente, a la fotografa belga Michele Sennesael mientras cubría la hulega en EL Tule.
      Salduos y TODOS CONTRA EL CANAL!

      • Guest

        Estimado Stannke, vayan por favor a vuestro ministerio de relaciones exteriores vis a vis Comunidad Europea e introduzcan una formal queja contra el crimen perpetrado contra Michele por cubrir ella un crimen contra la humanidad con esa payasada del canal. Todo suma!

        • itaia

          Nicas entreguistas ante se escondieron debajo de las faldas del Estados Unidos – pero la moda nueva esta debajo de las faldas de la “Comunidad Europea” – porque pagan bien y es mas bonito un viaje pagado a Berlin o Londres que a Washington o New York.

      • Carla Chamorro

        Estimado Stannke, vayan por favor a vuestro ministerio de relaciones
        exteriores vis a vis Comunidad Europea e introduzcan una formal queja
        contra el crimen perpetrado contra Michele por cubrir ella un crimen
        contra la humanidad con esa payasada del canal. Todo suma!

  • Pepe Turcon

    Obama Skipped Paris Rally “Because It Was For World Leaders”