Today Venezuela issued a communique expressing its rejection of what it called a “pseudo-American proposal” to achieve the overthrow of President Nicolás Maduro.
The text was made public by Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, who shared it using his Twitter account.
“The United States policy towards Venezuela has completely lost its direction. In one week it has digressed between constant contradictions: it transits from the extortion and threat to Bolivarian government officials,” can be read in part of the statement.
#COMUNICADO | Ante la pretensión del Departamento de Estado de EEUU de imponer en nuestro país una pseudo propuesta intervencionista de gobierno tutelado, el Gobierno Bolivariano reitera que Venezuela no acepta, ni aceptará jamás tutelaje alguno, de ningún gobierno extranjero. pic.twitter.com/ITmImZdNWO
— Jorge Arreaza M (@jaarreaza) March 31, 2020
The communique also says: “The U.S. pseudo-proposal confirms that the officials of that country completely ignore Venezuela’s legal framework and how its institutions work. It calls attention to, however, that they do include the curious decision of pulling the chair out from under from the deputy who is the illegally self-proclaimed interim President.”
The statement added that the “Trump Administration’s actions during recent days against Venezuela cannot be labeled in any other way: they are miserable.”
Today the US State Department called on President Nicolás Maduro and deputy of the extreme right, Juan Guaidó, to start a “transitional government but putting themselves aside ” as blackmail to, supposedly, lift the sanctions in their traditional arrogant and supremacist style.
Even Theodore Roosevelt, who said you had to “carry a big stick” to bully countries in the Western Hemisphere to do your bidding, would have found this State Department’s “framework” for Venezuela a little… hawkish.
Primitive imperialism at its worst:https://t.co/TE3bjy6hw5
— Guillaume Long (@GuillaumeLong) March 31, 2020
Below the communique in its entirety:
The Bolivarian government reiterates that Venezuela is a free and sovereign country that does not accept the tutelage of foreign governments
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has learned through the media about the presentation of a so-called “Democratic Transition Framework” by the U.S. Department of State today.
On this regard, the Bolivarian government reiterates that Venezuela is a free, sovereign, independent and democratic country that does not accept, nor will it ever accept, any tutelage from any foreign government.
The United States policy towards Venezuela has completely lost its direction. In one week it has digressed between constant contradictions: it transits from extortion and threat to Bolivarian government officials, including rewards for their capture; to the presentation of an eyesore of an agreement for the installation of an unconstitutional so-called transitional government, disregarding the democratic will expressed by the Venezuelan people at the polls.
The U.S. pseudo-proposal confirms that the officials of that country completely ignore Venezuela’s legal framework and how its institutions work. It calls attention to, however, that they do include the curious decision of pulling the chair out from under the deputy who is the illegally self-proclaimed interim President, who was chosen by them in 2019 as the spearhead of their coup-mongering strategy and that toed the line to fulfill the orders dictated from Washington, through the paths of violence and persistent conspiracy.
The Trump Administration’s actions during recent days against Venezuela cannot be labeled in any other way: they are miserable. Attempting to geopolitically profit in the midst of the most dreadful world pandemic, can only come from the misery of people without the least social sensibility or concern, even more if it is considered that the people of the United States are some of the most affected in the world, before the resounding failure of that country’s health system and the erratic, improvised, and erratic handling of the pandemic by its rulers.
It is precisely the Trump Administration [which is] the one that needs to step aside, lifting the unilateral coercive measures that even its own legislators recognize prevent Venezuela, in practice, from acquiring humanitarian goods to confront Covid-19. It is already time for them to abandon their failed strategy of a forceful change of government, that must cease in their continued and obsessive aggression, and concentrate on their serious internal affairs.
Neither the threats, nor the extortion strategies, nor the pretension of imposing false agreements, will achieve the distraction of the attention and the energy of President Nicolas Maduro, his government, the Bolivarian National Armed Force, and the Venezuelan state as a whole, from the protection of the Venezuelan people in moments so difficult for humanity. Venezuela will remain unscathed before any aggression and united in the defense of its sovereignty and independence.
Caracas, March 31, 2020