Maduro: Governments of the Lima Group Have 48 Hours to Rectify Their Position

The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, announced Wednesday at a press conference with national and international media from the Miraflores Palace that his government delivered a note of diplomatic protest today to the governments that make up the Lima Group, demanding a rectification of their positions on Venezuela within 48 hours or “the most urgent diplomatic measures” will be taken for the defense of the country.

“Today, all the governments of the Lima cartel were handed this diplomatic protest note where we demanded a rectification of their positions on Venezuela in 48 hours, or the Venezuelan government will take the most urgent diplomatic measures to defend the integrity, sovereignty and dignity of our Venezuela”, said the Venezuelan President.

“They want to comment on what institution is legitimate in Venezuela. Do you imagine that the governments of the world would put ourselves to an opinion and legitimize or delegitimize institutions, each country against each country? “The Venezuelan President asked himself. “That I said from Venezuela that in Colombia the Supreme Court of Justice is not legitimate or that Mr. Iván Duque is not legitimate because he deceived the people of Colombia, and then we did not recognize him? What would be of international law, of the right to coexistence, of the United Nations System, of advances in universal culture, of peace diplomacy in the world? Would the world end then? We would enter a phase of interventionism and political wars that would later give way to other types of violent events, “said the President. “

“The Venezuelan government has alerted the governments of the Lima Cartel that, if they do not rectify their position on the Venezuelan juridical sea and its alleged position of delivering that sea, via public declaration, to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, we will take the most energetic measures that a government can take in diplomacy, in defense of its national interests”.

Maduro indicated that Venezuela rejects “all the contents of the Lima Group communiqué”, in particular point 9, “because it is intended to modify the territorial and maritime limits of Venezuela” and “to take possession of Venezuelan riches, that we are not going to allow under any circumstances.”

The statement from the Lima Group, signed by the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia, is expressed in point 9:

They condemn any provocation or military deployment that threatens peace and security in the region. They call on the regime of Nicolás Maduro and the Venezuelan Armed Forces to desist from actions that violate the sovereign rights of their neighbors. In that sense, they express their deep concern over the interception carried out on December 22, 2018, of a seismic research vessel by the Venezuelan Navy within the exclusive economic zone of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.

The text refers to the incident on December 22, in which the Venezuelan patrol car Kariña intercepted two seismic exploration vessels of ExxonMobil contracted by the government of Guyana, which were in Venezuelan waters without authorization.

Complaint Coup d’Etat

The Venezuelan president also pointed out that the United States government, through the self-styled Lima Group, ordered the execution of a coup d’état against the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, whose government period 2019-2025 will begin this Thursday, January 10

“I can not lie to you, civilian and military comrades, men and women of the town: a coup d’état ordered from Washington is under way, from the Lima Cartel against the constitutional government that I preside over,” he said.

He indicated that if a coup scenario takes place, Venezuelans, in civic-military union, will be able to answer “any action, any fifth column of traitors” that intend to violate national stability.

In this regard, he emphasized that he will not allow a maneuver such as that executed on April 11, 2002, the date on which a coup d’état was executed against Commander Hugo Chávez.

“We will not allow a slip. Call it whatever you call it, have the position you have, those who wants to support a coup plan know that it will face the justice of the Constitution and all the civic-military power,” he added, reiterating that “we can not cover our eyes when they are conspiring in front of us. “

The head of state explained that the coup plans are part of “an aggressive, violent formula that avoids the fundamental principles of coexistence among peoples”,  being a reflection of the interventionist policy adopted by the US government against Venezuela.

He recalled that the coup maneuvers began with the imposition of “general chaos” through the guarimbas, action that when defeated, became “blackmail” to dismiss the elections of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) and presidential of the year 2017 and 2018, respectively.

In response, Maduro stressed that the Executive maintains an unrestricted commitment to peace, the right to development and the happiness of the people, which is why he said that “we are going to be successful”, with good projections for the future.


Translation by Internationalist 360°