With the presence of representatives of the Governments of Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, all members of the Lima Group, and of Ecuador and El Salvador, observer countries, committed to contribute to the recovery of Venezuela’s democracy and to alleviate the multidimensional crisis suffered by the Venezuelan population this Tuesday, October 13th, took place the meeting of the Lima Group in which the member countries signed a joint declaration reiterating their support for President Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly as the only legitimate and democratically elected authorities.
Dr. Claudio Sandoval, Venezuelan Ambassador to Honduras, stressed the importance of this new declaration and that the Lima Group expressed its astonishment and concern for the recent revelations about human rights violations and the execution of crimes against humanity described in the report of the Fact-Finding Mission of the UN Human Rights Commission, as well as in the oral update of the High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet.
“Our hemispheric allies and the free world are clear about the criminal nature of Nicolas Maduro’s regime. I have no doubt that there will be justice,” said the ambassador.
The document subscribed by the member countries of the Lima Group also expressed its firm rejection of the insistence of Nicolás Maduro’s illegitimate regime to hold fraudulent parliamentary elections without the minimum democratic guarantees, nor with the participation of all political forces.
“The international community knows very well that there are no favorable electoral conditions for the restoration of the democratic order and, on the contrary, the regime intends to dissolve the only legitimately constituted power, as is the National Assembly of Venezuela, led by the legitimate President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó,” added Ambassador Sandoval.
“I want to emphasize the importance of the Lima Group reiterating that democracy will be fully restored in Venezuela through free, fair and credible presidential and parliamentary elections, including an independent National Electoral Council, an impartial Supreme Court, security guarantees for voters, an updated electoral census, full freedom of press and access to the media, political participation of all Venezuelans and accompanied by independent international electoral observation as the democratic forces have demanded as the only mechanism for the rescue of Venezuelan freedom and democracy. The rescue of our democracy is a guarantee of hemispheric stability,” the diplomat affirmed.
Likewise, the communiqué of the Lima Group, reiterates the importance of supporting the efforts of the receiving countries in the region with Venezuelan migrants and refugees, and calls on the cooperating sources to redouble their support to the humanitarian response to the multidimensional crisis affecting Venezuela. In this regard, the Ambassador highlighted that, in this context, the Venezuelan Embassy in Honduras has been consolidating inter-institutional alliances to help Venezuelan migrants living in Honduras.
In conclusion, the declaration of the Lima Group reiterated that they will persist in trying to converge with other international actors to mobilize a common response from the international community that will contribute to the defense of human rights in Venezuela and to the urgent restoration of democracy and the rule of law, which will put an end to the usurpation, including the conditions for a peaceful solution to the crisis, led by Venezuelans themselves.