Bolivarian Government Ends Conversations to Improve Diplomatic Relations with the U.S.

The following is reprinted from the website of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the U.S.

July 22, 2013

The Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs categorically rejects statements made in the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations by Samantha Power, nominated to be her country’s Ambassador to the United Nations Organization, where she declared that part of her job would include “contesting the crackdown on civil society” taking place in several countries, including Venezuela.

Her disrespectful opinions have been lauded and backed by the State Department, contradicting the tone and content of what Secretary of State John Kerry expressed in a meeting with the Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Elías Jaua, in Antigua, Guatemala, this past June.

It is inacceptable and without merit that the Government of the United States should express concern about alleged repression in Venezuela against civil society.  On the contrary, the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela has thoroughly demonstrated that it abides by a solid system of constitutional guarantees to preserve the practice and the unrestricted use of fundamental human rights, as has been recognized by the U.N. on many occasions.

On the other hand, the entire world constantly expresses its worry over repressive measures taken by the United States, including the violation of human rights in the illegal Guantánamo prison, the massacre of civilians by drones and the lamentable, out of control persecution of Edward Snowden.  He is a victim of the most ferocious repression for exercising his right to dissent and denounce United States Government practices that violated, among other things, the right to privacy of every person in the world, as consecrated in Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in addition to the flagrant attempt to violate the rules that regulate the right to asylum that is widely recognized by civilized nations.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reiterates that, as has been expressed by the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, building a good relation with the United States Government requires mutual respect, and the absolute and total recognition of the principles of sovereignty and self-determination.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will never accept interference of any kind in it domestic affairs.  With the State Department’s backing of the interventionist agenda proposed by the nominated Ambassador, Samantha Power, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela considers the process of conversations initiated in Guatemala, which were meant to normalize our diplomatic relations, to be terminated.

Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs
Caracas, July 19, 2013