Venezuela Demands US Ensure Freedom, Safety of Diplomatic Mission

Venezuela’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs demanded that United States Government ensure the guarantees of diplomatic persons and offices, as established in the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

The national government made the call following the aggressions against Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations, Rafael Ramirez, on Sunday in New York, for which the Foreign Ministry issued a communique requesting the U.S. government to apply proper sanctions.

The missive –published by Chancellor Samuel Moncada in his official Twitter account– also denounced that this attack evidences the campaign of hatred and aggression that has been launched against Venezuela.

Article 26 of the Vienna Convention states that “the receiving State shall ensure to all members of the mission freedom of movement and travel in its territory.”

It also adds in paragraph 29 that “the receiving State shall treat him with due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on his person, freedom or dignity”.

Here is the complete communique:

BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA
MINISTRY OF PEOPLE’S POWER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

COMMUNIQUE

The Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, following the attacks on Sunday, July 9, against Ambassador Rafael Ramirez, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations, with headquarters in New York:

1. Requires the Government of the United States to respect the guarantees and immunities provided for the diplomatic staff and headquarters, envisaged in the 1961 Vienna Convention, bearing in mind its status as host country of the United Nations.

2. Calls for the sanctions provided for in these cases to be applied against aggressors of diplomatic personnel and their families.

3. Points out that the fanatical violence against representatives of the diplomatic corps and its accredited relatives in that country reflects the campaign of hatred and daily aggression projected onto our nation.

Caracas, July 10, 2017

AVN –11/07/2017
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