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Argentina: Lima Group backs Guaido and calls for fair elections in Venezuela

1 24.07.2019 Инфо

W/S Foreign ministers of the Lima Group listen to Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido speaking from Caracas on video conference at a meeting in Buenos Aires
M/S Lima Group meeting
M/S Lima Group meeting, Guaido on screen
M/S Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo
M/S Lima Group meeting
M/S Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Marcelo Faurie and Peruvian Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio
SOT, Jorge Marcelo Faurie, Argentine Foreign Minister (Spanish): "What Venezuela is going through threatens peace, regional security and also compromises international security."
W/S Foreign ministers at Lima Group meeting
SOT, Nestor Popolizio, Peruvian Foreign Minister (Spanish): "That the crisis is deteriorating and requires an urgent solution through a transition with credible, transparent, free, and fair elections accompanied by the international community and international observation."
W/S Foreign ministers at Lima Group meeting
SOT, Jorge Marcelo Faurie, Argentine Foreign Minister (Spanish): "[They] reiterate its condemnation of the systematic violation of human rights perpetrated by the illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro, which includes extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, torture, repression and denial of primary rights, such as health, food and education."
M/S Faurie and Popolizio in group photo, foreign ministers standing behind *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Jorge Marcelo Faurie, Argentine Foreign Minister (Spanish): "[They] consider that the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights leaves no room for some countries to continue supporting the illegitimate regime of Maduro, so we urge them to join the Lima Group agreements and contribute to the return of the rule of law and democracy in Venezuela, reiterating that those who support the dictatorship threaten the stability of the region."
W/S Faurie and Popolizio on group photo, foreign ministers standing behind *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Jorge Marcelo Faurie, Argentine Foreign Minister (Spanish): "[They] decide to support, through their competent bodies, the investigations and actions on the participation of officials and figurehead of the illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro that links him with illicit activities, such as corruption, drug trafficking and transnational organised crime, as well as the protection they grant to the presence of terrorist organisations and illegal armed groups in Venezuelan territory, like the National Liberation Army (ELN)."
W/S Faurie and Popolizio on group photo, foreign ministers standing behind *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Jorge Marcelo Faurie, Argentine Foreign Minister (Spanish): "For the Lima Group, an early call for the mandate of the National Assembly is a clear red line that we do not want to see pass and that deserves the firm repudiation, not only of the Lima Group, but of the entire international community for altering, in the most dramatic way as possible, the situation that is already precarious today within Venezuela."
M/S Foreign ministers at Lima Group meeting
SOT, Jorge Marcelo Faurie, Argentine Foreign Minister (Spanish): "The request for re-entry of the TIAR has forecasts of all kinds and many of assistance linked to the resolution of this conflict by other means. The use of force will always be a resource to be used at the appropriate moment."
W/S Foreign ministers leaving stage
SCRIPT
The Lima Group reaffirmed their support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido and called for fresh elections during a meeting at the San Martin palace in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.
"The crisis is deteriorating and requires an urgent solution through a transition with credible, transparent, free, and fair elections accompanied by the international community and international observation," said Peruvian Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio.
"What Venezuela is going through threatens peace, regional security and also compromises international security," added Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Marcelo Faurie.
The group of a dozen Latin American countries and Canada also agreed to investigate the officials of the Maduro regime who are involved in irregular acts of drug trafficking and human rights violations.
Earlier on Tuesday, Venezuela's National Assembly unanimously approved a law returning Venezuela to the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, viewed by the opposition as a precursor to requesting foreign military intervention to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
The move was seen as a last resort by the regional body, as Faurie clarified: "The use of force will always be a resource to be used at the appropriate moment."
The member countries also requested that the recent report presented by the UN Commission on Human Right, regarding the rights violations in the country, be sent to the International Criminal Court.