Venezuelan Government repudiated on Monday the position adopted by some governments in Europe, which announced having recognized the opposition deputy Juan Guaidó as alleged interim president of Venezuela , after placing an 8-day ultimatum against President Nicolás Maduro to call for “fair, free and transparent” presidential elections.
The governments of the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Austria , Lithuania and Latvia, made the announcements this Monday.
Among others, the president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez; the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström; the Foreign Minister of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian; Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Jeremy Hunt, and his Austrian and Danish counterparts, Sebastian Kurz and Anders Samuelsen, respectively, have publicly expressed their gratitude to the opposition deputy, in a plan that the Venezuelan government has denounced as part of a coup d’état promoted by the government of the United States, to install a government of transition.
In a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this Monday morning, the Venezuelan government announced that it will fully review bilateral relations with these governments as of this moment, until a rectification occurs.
The statement denounces that the decision of these governments violates the principles and practices that govern diplomatic relations, while it constitutes a “dangerous precedent” for peaceful coexistence among nations. He describes as “alarming the degree of subordination of those governments to the warmongering policy led by the current United States Government against Venezuela.”
Venezuela points out that “these governments are taking sides with the most extremist faction of the Venezuelan right wing, acting under the direction of Washington, desperately seeking to take control of the political power that has been denied by the sovereign decision of the majority of the Venezuelan people”. In this sense, the Venezuelan Government urged the European governments to “walk the path of moderation and balance” so that they can constructively contribute mechanisms to address the differences between the Venezuelan political forces.
Below, the full statement:
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela expresses its strongest rejection of the decision adopted by some governments of Europe, in which they officially embrace the strategy of the US administration to overthrow the legitimate Government of President Nicolás Maduro that the Venezuelan people chose in a sovereign manner , free and democratic.
The sovereignty of the Venezuelan people is not subject to any kind of recognition by any foreign authority, much less after 200 years of breaking the colonial chains, thanks to the independence campaign led by the Liberator Simón Bolívar.
The degree of subordination of these governments to the warmongering policy led by the current United States Government against Venezuela, which in turn undermines the peace and stability of the entire region, is alarming. Likewise, we denounce that this decision is openly violating the principles and practices that govern diplomatic relations, setting a dangerous precedent for peaceful coexistence among nations.
We warn that these governments are taking sides with the most extreme fraction of the Venezuelan right wing, acting under the direction of Washington, desperately seeking to take control of the political power that has been denied by the sovereign decision of the majority of the Venezuelan people, who expressed his clear democratic will in the presidential elections of May 20, 2018.
The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will comprehensively review the bilateral relations with these governments from this moment, until a rectification occurs that discards its support for the coup plans and redirects them towards strict respect for international law.
The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela urges European governments to walk the path of moderation and balance, so that they are able to contribute constructively to a political, peaceful and dialogued path that allows to address the differences between the Venezuelan political forces.
Translated by JRE/AR