Venezuela’s Ambassador to the U.S. Bernardo Álvarez today ratified Venezuelan demands that U.S. officials not interfere in the country’s internal matters. He made the point during a meeting with Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela.
During the meeting, Ambassador Álvarez noted, “Relations between the U.S. and Venezuela would only improve if the U.S. showed respect for Venezuela’s internal democratic process and judicial decisions, and argued that the U.S. cannot become a political actor in internal Venezuelan matters.” He added, “International law and numerous conventions clearly mandate that states refrain from interfering in the internal matters of other states.”
Ambassador Álvarez’s comments follow a meeting between Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro and U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela Patrick Duddy, which took place in Caracas on March 25. During the meeting, Minister Maduro registered an official protest with Ambassador Duddy over comments made by a U.S. State Department official regarding an internal judicial matter in Venezuela.
Both Minister Maduro and Ambassador Álvarez said that Venezuela remains open to discussing and debating with the U.S. government issues of regional and global importance. Regardless, Venezuela does not insert itself into U.S. internal affairs, including decisions made by the different branches of government. “It is up to the U.S. to accept a policy of mutual respect with Venezuela and not take actions against the country’s sovereignty, self-determination and internal affairs,” highlighted Ambassador Álvarez.
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Press and Communication Office / March 26, 2010.