Senator Bill Nelson Says He Hopes U.S.-Venezuela Relations Begin New Era

Senator Bill Nelson said he hopes the United States and Venezuela can begin a new era in their relationship.

By Maria Camila Bernal
|  Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013  |  Updated 8:20 PM EDT
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Senator Bill Nelson said he hopes the U.S. and Venezuela can begin a new era in their relationship, which, he said, has been strained over the past decade. 

Nelson spoke to NBC 6 after the death of Hugo Chavez was announced on Tuesday.

“The time is now to bring and heal and mend the country and bring people together,” said Nelson.

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Now, he hopes for a good transition as Venezuela faces the upcoming changes.

“Hopefully now there will be a peaceful transition to power with real meaningful democratic reforms in Venezuela,” said Nelson.

In addition to the peaceful transition, Nelson said he hopes Venezuela holds presidential elections

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“With the new election, the people will be able to speak their own mind,” said Nelson. “I believe that there is a lot of opposition of Chavez that is not necessarily going to his vice president.”

Nelson said he hopes the United States and Venezuela can begin a new era in their relationship, something he said has been strained over the past decade.

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