Venezuela Rejects the So Called “Deal of the Century” (Theft of the Century)

Jorge Arreaza, chancellor of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela through his twitter account made public a communique issued by the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejecting the so called “deal of the century”.

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela expresses its categorical rejection of the annexationist and arbitrary proposal presented by the United States government entitled “deal of the century,” whose unacceptable content goes against the basic norms of International Law and harms the brave Palestinian people.

The communique also highlights that Venezuela only recognizes the Palestinian borders defined by the United Nations’ Security Council in its June the 4th, 1967 session that also defines East Jerusalem as its capital.

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The proposal aims to seek international recognition for the illegal Israeli settlements and arbitrary territorial annexation, causing public opinion to call this proposal the “fraud or the theft of the century,” the document points out.

Trump released his “Vision for Peace, Prosperity and a Brighter Future” alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday at a White House gathering boycotted by Palestinian officials that have severed ties to the administration over its decision to recognize the contested city of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Trump billed his initiative as the most detailed yet after successive U.S. administrations have tried and failed for years to settle the conflict.

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Venezuela rejects the harmful annexationist US proposal against the Palestinian people

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela expresses its categorical rejection of the annexationist and arbitrary proposal presented by the United States government entitled “deal of the century,” whose unacceptable content goes against the basic norms of International Law and harms the brave Palestinian people.

Venezuela, through its Bolivarian Diplomacy of Peace, has always defended the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people through the existence of an independent State within the borders established by the United Nations Security Council resolutions, namely that of 4 June 1967, which establishes East Jerusalem as its capital.

The proposal presented by the Trump Administration and the weakened Israeli leadership aims to grant unilateral recognition to the illegal Israeli settlements and considers the arbitrary annexation of territories, which according to UN resolutions, belong indisputably to the State of Palestine. It is clearly an unequal, unjust, biased and illegal proposal that world public opinion qualified as “the fraud or the theft of the century”.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela stands with both the people and authorities of the State of Palestine and urgently calls upon the international community to activate all the necessary multilateral mechanisms to avoid unpredictable consequences that this supremacist proposal would entail. A proposal that only hampers the path of dialogue to reach a negotiated solution under International Law, and only distances the parties and the region from understanding and the keenly awaited peace.

Caracas, 29 January 2020

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