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Simón Alberto Consalvi

Minister of Home Affairs of Venezuela
In office
1988 – 1989
President Jaime Lusinchi

172th Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela
In office
13 March 1985 – 11 January 1988
President Jaime Lusinchi

Secretary of the Presidency of Venezuela
In office
1984 – 1985
President Jaime Lusinchi

169th Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela
In office
15 July 1977 – 12 March 1979
President Carlos Andrés Pérez
Preceded by Ramón Escovar Salom
Succeeded by José Alberto Zambrano Velasco

Born 7 July 1927 (1927-07-07) (age 82)
Santa Cruz de Mora, Venezuela
Spouse(s) Josefina Carrero Prato
Profession politician, diplomat, historian, journalist

Simón Alberto Consalvi (Santa Cruz de Mora, Mérida, 7 July 1927), is a Venezuelan politician, journalist, diplomat and historian. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela in two occasions (1977-1979/1985-1988), Minister of Home Affairs (1988-1989), Secretary of the Presidency (1988), member of the National Academy of History since 1997,[1] and Associate Editor of the daily El Nacional.

Being born in Santa Cruz de Mora, a town of the Andean state of Mérida, graduates in Caracas as journalist at the Central University of Venezuela. In the 1950s, is part of the clandestine youth of party Acción Democrática against the dictatorship of Marcos Pérez Jiménez, exiling in Cuba in 1955, being imprisoned some months during the government of Fulgencio Batista. On 20 December 1958, married with Josefina Carrero Prato, also during this year was elected as deputy for Mérida to the National Congress.[2]

By his initiative, in 1965 founded the cultural magazine Imagen, achieving after that, the creation of the state-owned publishing Monte Ávila Editores in 1968, also during this decade was director of the National Institute of Culture and Fine Arts (INCIBA).[3]

Graduated as internationalist at the School of International Affairs of the University of Columbia, was ambassador of Venezuela in Yugoslavia, United States (1989-1994), United Nations, being representative at the Security Council. In 1977 is designated by President Carlos Andrés Pérez as Minister of Foreign Affairs remaining until 1979, during this period signs in 1978, the treats of delimitation of marine and submarine areas with Netherlands, Dominican Republic and the United States.[4]

Between 1984 to 1985, is in charge of the Secretary of Presidency, during the administration of Jaime Lusinchi. In 1985, is reappointed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, facing in 1987, the Corbeta Caldas incident, when a Colombian vessel refused to leave disputed water arguing that those waters were part of Colombia. During the last year of Jaime Lusinchi at the presidency (1988-1989), Consalvi served as Home Affairs Minister.

In 1992, aparts from the political and journalistic work, writing his first short stories book, entitled Lascivia Brevis. For 1997 incorporates to the Venezuelan Academy of History, and starts a Sunday column at the daily El Nacional.

Since 2005, is in charge of the direction of the Venezuelan Biographical Library (Biblioteca Biográfica Venezolana) by El Nacional, that have the main porpouse of forming a collection of biographies of famous Venezuelans. From this collection, Consalvi has been the author of the biographies of Rómulo Gallegos (2006), Juan Vicente Gómez (2007), and José Rafael Pocaterra (2009). Simón Alberto Consalvi, has been also the author of the biography of George Washington (2000), for the General History of America.[5]

For 2007, publishes 1957: el año en que los venezolanos perdieron el miedo, essay book that portraits the political and social crisis of Venezuela during the last year of the dictatorship of Pérez Jiménez, comparing it with the political situation of the country in 2007. In 2009, presents La Guerra de los Compadres, reflecting the era of Cipriano Castro and Juan Vicente Gómez.

Since 2008, Consalvi is part along with other Venezuelan intellectuals and artists of the 2-D (2 December) Movement, for the defense of Venezuelan constitution and democracy.[6]

Partial bibliography

  • “La Paz Nuclear” (1988)
  • “1989 / Diario de Washington” (1990)
  • “Pedro Manuel Arcaya y la crisis de los años 30” (1991)
  • “Auge y caída de Rómulo Gallegos” (1991)
  • “Lascivia Brevis” (1992)
  • “Grover Cleveland y la controversia Venezuela-Gran Bretaña” (1992)
  • “Los Gómez de Zapata” (1993)
  • “El perfil y la sombra” (1997)
  • “Las relaciones Venezuela-Estados Unidos en la primera mitad del siglo XX” (2000)
  • “Profecía de la palabra, Vida y Obra de Mariano Picón Salas” (2001)
  • “El Precio de la Historia” (2001)
  • “Historia de las relaciones exteriores de Venezuela, 1810-2000” (2001)
  • “Reflexiones sobre la Historia de Venezuela” (2002)
  • “Augusto Mijares, el pensador y su tiempo” (2003)
  • “El carrusel de las discordias” (2003)
  • “El petróleo en Venezuela” (2004)
  • “1957: el año en que los venezolanos perdieron el miedo” (2007)
  • “La Guerra de los Compadres” (2009)

See also


  1. ^ (Spanish) Curricular resume of Consalvi by the National Academy of History of Venezuela
  2. ^ A.D. Órgano Central del Partido Accìón Democrática / Acción Democrática. (1958). “Consalvi se complementa”
  3. ^ UCAB / Libros El Nacional. (2008). “Trincheras de papel: el periodismo venezolano del siglo XX en la voz de doce protagonistas”
  4. ^ (Spanish) International Borders of Venezuela at Venezuela Virtual /
  5. ^ Biblioteca Biográfica Venezolana / El Nacional. (2007). Review about Consalvi at the biography of Juan Vicente Gómez
  6. ^ (Spanish) 2-D Movement website


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