Venezuela Rejects Sanctions of the Council of the European Union against the Country

Caracas, 14 Nov. AVN.- The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela categorically rejected the sanctions imposed by the Council of the European Union against the country last Sunday, considering that those sanction violate the international law and respect for sovereignty, established in the Charter of the United Nations.

Through an announcement, Venezuelan authorities demand that the European Union stop its interference in the internal affairs of the country and distance itself from the warmongering and interventionist agenda of the US government.
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The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela forcefully condemns the decision of the Council of the European Union which seeks to to impose illegal, absurd and ineffective sanctions against the Venezuelan people. Brazenly violating the International Law and the sacred principles of respect for sovereignty, self-determination of peoples and non-interference in the internal affairs of States, established in the Charter of the United Nations, the European institutions demonstrate their shameful subordination to the opinion of the government of the United States. Following the aggressive line of conduct of Washington, the European Council justifies its actions with arguments traced from the sanctioning documents that Trump's administration has recently generated against Venezuela and its people.

Also, the European Council intends to convince the world about a supposed consensus among its member states to take these hostile measures, even though the reality is that the major European economies exerted considerable pressure on the rest of the bloc's governments and on the EU institutions themselves, which leaves in evidence the remarkable inequalities and absence of internal democracy in the "union".

It is not coincidence that the Council of the European Union does these offensive actions on the eve of the reactivation of the National Dialogue Table in the Dominican Republic, announced both by the National Executive and by the Venezuelan opposition. Far from contributing to harmony and peace in Venezuela, the European Union approved hostile decisions that only seek the failure of the National Dialogue with the objective of favoring those who have generated political violence, death and destruction, as mechanisms to access power through unconstitutional means. It is worth remembering that thanks to the democratic election of the National Constituent Assembly, Venezuela has returned to political and social peace, the election of state governors was held recently and in absolute peace, and municipal elections will be held next December 10, as part of the vigorous electoral agenda of Venezuelan democracy.

It is also important to notice that these sanctions not only attack the Venezuelan people, but also almost one million Europeans who chose our country as their home and who have suffered directly the consequences of the political and economic violence generated by the opposition last months. The European Union also establishes a dangerous precedent in the relation with Latin America, using its supposed authority to sanction a sovereign country, just because its model of popular democracy doesn't fit into the elitist and corporate patterns of European regimes.

The peoples of the world and the international community should know that Venezuela's priority is not weapons or military equipment, and is not this inefficient media and political operation that affects our internal security. The objective of the Bolivarian Government is to preserve national peace through dialogue and the pursuit of development with social justice, overcoming current problems.

Unlike countries of the European bloc, we don't seek to divert attention from problems by attacking other nations. The European Council should prevent that, as has been evidenced in recent days, the public order equipment be used in one of its member states, through the most unprecedented police repression, to avoid the sacred right to decide and develop electoral processes democratically and peacefully.

Finally, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reaffirms its irrevocable independent and sovereign character, and denounces these hostile acts to the international community. No decision of European elites and bureaucracies will succeed in breaking the sovereign decision of our people to be free. The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela demands that the European Union stop its unfriendly actions and distance itself from the warmongering and interventionist agenda of the US government that has done so much damage to our country and the rest of the world. We also reiterate that the Venezuelan people, faithful to their libertarian heritage and defender of their independence, will stand firm against any attack or threat and that the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela reserves decision-making in different areas in order to guarantee the defense of peace, security and national sovereignty.

Caracas, November 13, 2017.

14/11/2017 - 06:43 pm