The Interim Government communicates the following to the country:
1. Since 2019 we have protected and will continue to protect the assets of the nation from the looting by the dictatorship seeking all the necessary mechanisms to accomplish this, backed by article 233 of our Constitution and thanks to the recognition of the free world of the fight for the recovery of Venezuelan democracy
2. All decisions related to the protection, recovery, and administration of assets were taken with the participation and agreement of all parliamentary fractions based on constitutional, institutional and representative criteria. It is precisely the participation of democratic forces that guarantees governability in the functions of the Interim Government.
3. The responsibility and the decisions on the protection of assets has not been and will not be a partisan discussion, much less a personal discussion, since this is a matter of State and should be treated that way. This has been our commitment and it will continue to be so.
4. The assets management by the Interim Government has followed a rigorous process of prior and subsequent control that guarantees the transparency and oversight of independent actors. This process includes:
a. Annual public accounts rendering, with the presence of the media and participation of all parliamentary fractions before the National Assembly.
b. The audit of the 2020 budget execution of the Venezuela Liberation Fund and Attention to Vital Risk Cases by one of the 10 largest auditing firms in the world. This result was very positive and will be shared with the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury of the United States.
c. Annual external audits that have been ordered by the Presidency in charge of both the Citgo and Monómeros boards of directors.
d. The action of the General Council for the Administration of Expenditures, of which all the parliamentary fractions that make up the interim Government are part.
e. The action and review by the Comptroller’s Commission of the National Assembly, of which all the parliamentary fractions are part.
f. The coordination, cooperation and request of investigations by institutions of the Colombian State, specifically in the complaint about humanitarian aid presented to the Colombian Prosecutor’s Office and the action of the Colombian Superintendency on ‘Monomereros Colombo-Venezolanos’.
5. All the complaints that have been made have been investigated: in none of these processes has any act of corruption been verified by the independent authorities. And when an investigation, such as the one carried out by the Superintendency of Colombia, has revealed an irregularity, immediate action has been taken in cooperation with the corresponding authority and with its assistance, with the willingness to take the necessary measures to clarify and correct the case.
6. In the case of ‘Monómeros’, the commitment to maintain transparency and efficiency in the protection of assets has included actions such as restructuring and assembling a new board of directors in coordination with allies where the different jurisdiction where the assets are located [see statement dated September 14th, 2021]. Additionally, after the rendering of accounts and the appearances before the Comptroller’s Commission by the Pequiven Ad-Hoc Board and the different boards of directors, their suggestions were adopted (as received in a letter dated Sept. 24th) and the external audit was immediately ordered. [see statement dated September 14th, 2021].
7. Furthermore, we reiterate our support to the management of the National Assembly and the Delegate Commission, which is responsible for evaluating the mechanisms that guarantee the best practices for the protection of our assets, and which today continues in the permanent work of seeking the best accountability and transparency practices.
8. Any proposal for the consideration or adjustment of the management must be channeled and considered through the regular institutional channels, respecting the decision that emanates from that entity, in order to guarantee efficiency and transparency in protecting the assets of Venezuela against looting by the dictatorship.
9. We accept and respect the decision of those who yield their responsibilities in the Interim Government in matters related to foreign affairs and assets, for their activities or having been nominated by the Primero Justicia party, given their recent approach and whose main directors have formed and are part of all the instances of discussion, direction, administration and control of the interim Government, including the instances related to assets, in their capacity as members of parliament.
Finally, we call on the leaders of the political parties to respect and use the mechanisms defined and created to settle differences, both institutional and political, and to be very aware of what the situation demands of us as a leadership, which is not only unity of speech but also of action, commitment and preservation of the common goal, especially in the face of a negotiation process that could mean solutions that are urgent for Venezuela.
Let us remain united in the fight for the objective that unites us: to save Venezuela and recover democracy so that Venezuelans can choose their future through free and fair presidential elections.