CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela's top diplomat hit back at the United States on Friday over its suggestion that President Hugo Chavez's government should allow an international investigation into alleged human rights abuses.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said the matter is a domestic affair and Washington has no business meddling.
"We absolutely reject that the US get involved in this issue," he said. "Our country does not accept tutelage from anybody."
Maduro was responding to a statement Thursday from the US State Department, which urged the South American nation to permit an investigation "as a means to promote dialogue and understanding."