On Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry issued a statement in response to recent statements by the US President, Barack Obama, who during the summit of North American leaders held in Ottawa, Canada, described as “grave” the situation in the country and commented: “The democratic process must be respected, and that includes a revoking referendum, which should be consistent with Venezuelan law”.
In this regard, the Government of Venezuela qualified as “unacceptable the interventionist obsession of the US Government, which, besides considering Venezuela a a threat to the security and foreign policy of the US, aims to instruct the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on essential elements of its institutional life”.
Also, through the document, Venezuela denounced before the international community that the national policy has been infiltrated by agents at the service of power centers in the US, educated, trained and equipped for the political, economic and social destabilization of the country.
Following is the full statement:
BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA
MINISTRY OF PEOPLE’S POWER FOR
MINISTRY OF PEOPLE’S POWER FOR
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela rejects the interventionist statements of the President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama, issued yesterday within the framework of the Summit of North American Leaders held in Ottawa.
It is unacceptable the interventionist obsession of the US government, which, besides considering Venezuela a threat to the security and foreign policy of the US, aims to instruct the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on key elements of its institutional life.
It results completely contradictory and illogical to urge the Venezuelan Government to disrespect the rule of law with the sole purpose of satisfying the anti-democratic interests of the Venezuelan opposition.
It also highlights the double standard of its policy on human rights, by abusively requesting the release of politicians who have committed criminal offenses and destabilizing extreme violence, while keeping the world’s oldest political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera, who is serving an unjust sentence in the US for the simple act of longing for the independence of his country.
Venezuela denounces before the international community that the national politics have been infiltrated by agents at the service of power centers in the US, educated, trained and equipped for the political, economic and social destabilization of Venezuela, affecting the right to peace and development the Venezuelan people. Such agents have committed crimes of all kinds, encouraged to overthrow the legitimate and Constitutional Government of Venezuela, and thus disturb the peace of the nation.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela ratifies its inalienable right to self-determination and non-intervention in the internal affairs of our country, in the absolute certainty that we will never abide by orders from any empire; as well as the willingness to hold bilateral diplomatic relations of respect for the sovereign equality of the States, and to the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter.
Caracas, June 30, 2016