Puebla Group: Joint Declaration in Repudiation of a Possible Military Intervention in Venezuela

We, the members of the Puebla Group;

We reiterate our position, agreed during the Group’s first meeting in July 2019, to defend a peaceful solution to the serious political, economic and social conflict that the People of Venezuela are going through as the only possible way;

We reject any attempt to use force that undermines the principle of peaceful settlement of disputes and that enables military intervention in Venezuela by foreign forces, including the invocation of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), an archaic instrument for military interventions in Latin American countries during the Cold War;

We emphasize that the use of force and the militarization of borders would only aggravate the conflict, subjecting its people to greater suffering and creating a climate of tension with neighboring countries that could escalate at any time;

We reaffirm our commitment to democracy, defending diplomatic exit, dialogue and negotiation as the only ways to solve the conflict;

Therefore, the Puebla Group declares its solidarity with the Venezuelan people, repudiates the threat of military intervention and supports the promotion of dialogue in the country.

Signed, on September 11, 2019,

Celso Amorim

Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano

Karol Aída Cariola Oliva

Rafael Correa

Julián Andrés Domínguez

Marco Enriquez-Ominami

Leonel Fernandez

Fernando Haddad

Miguel Barbosa Huerta

José Miguel Insulza Salinas

Camilo Lagos

Guillaume Long

Clara Eugenia López Obregón

Fernando Lugo

Esperanza Martínez

Daniel Carlos Martínez Villamil

Aloizio Mercadante Oliva

Alejandro Navarro Brain

Carlos Octavio Ominami Pascual

Yeidckol Polevnsky Gurwitz

Gabriela Alejandra Rivadeneira Burbano

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero

Dilma Rousseff

Ernesto Samper Pizano

Carol Proner

Felipe Carlos Solá

Carlos Sotelo García

Jorge Enrique Taiana

Carlos Alfonso Taken

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Translated by JRE/EF

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