Twelve nations address Venezuela crisis

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Posted: Saturday, August 12,2017. 7:22 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff :The Foreign Ministers and Representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru met in Lima, Peru on August 8, 2017.

The meeting was to address the critical situation in Venezuela and explore ways to contribute to the restoration of democracy in that country through a peaceful and negotiated solution;

Encouraged by the spirit of solidarity that characterizes the region and the conviction that negotiation, with full respect for the norms of international law and the principle of non-intervention, does not violate human rights and democracy and is the only tool that ensures a lasting solution to the differences.

They declared:

  1. Its condemnation of the rupture of democratic order in Venezuela.
  2. Its decision not to recognize the National Constituent Assembly, or the acts that emanate from it, by its illegitimate character.
  3. Their full support and solidarity with the democratically elected National Assembly.
  4. Legal acts under the Constitution require approval of the National Assembly, they will only be recognized when the Assembly has approved them.
  5. Their strong opposition to violence and any option involving the use of force.
  6. Their support and solidarity with the Attorney General and members of the Venezuelan Public Prosecutor’s Office and demand the application of precautionary measures issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
  7. Their condemnation of the systematic violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms, of violence, repression and political persecution, the existence of political prisoners and the lack of free elections under independent international observation.
  8. That Venezuela does not meet the requirements or obligations of the members of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
  9. His serious concern about the humanitarian crisis facing the country and his condemnation of the government for not allowing the entry of food and medicines in support of the Venezuelan people.
  10. Its decision to continue the application of the Inter-American Democratic Charter to Venezuela.
  11. Its support for the decision of MERCOSUR to suspend Venezuela in application of the Protocol of Ushuaia on Democratic Commitment.
  12. Its decision not to support any Venezuelan candidacy in regional and international mechanisms and organizations.
  13. Its call to stop the transfer of arms to Venezuela in the light of Articles 6 and 7 of the Arms Trade Treaty.
  14. That, taking into account the current conditions, they will request the Pro Tempore Presidency of CELAC and the European Union to postpone the CELAC-EU Summit scheduled for October 2017.
  15. Its commitment to keep a close watch on the situation in Venezuela, at the Chancellor level, until the full restoration of democracy in that country, and to meet at the next session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, at which time other countries may join.
  16. Its willingness to support, as a matter of urgency and within the framework of respect for Venezuelan sovereignty, any credible negotiating effort and in good faith, with the consensus of the parties and aimed at peacefully achieving the reestablishment of democracy in the country.

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