The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, called on governments of the Caribbean and Latin America to continue exercising the political will in building a new, pluripolar and multi-centric world in order to reconfigure the region.
President Maduro also said that Venezuela will stand up for the respect of the political sovereignty of states as well as the self-determination of peoples.
“I call out for the political will, for respect and for diversity in order to continue on the path to constructing a new Latin America and Caribbean. From Venezuela, we will continue to play our part with willingness, love and patience,” he declared during the 3rd Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) that is currently underway in Costa Rica.
The Venezuelan leader noted that “there are people who find it irritating that Latin America and the Caribbean have found their path towards unity, and that in years to come we dream of being a political and cultural bloc.”
In that regard, Maduro said there are sectors that wanted the summit to take place under the specter of great confrontations between governments. Nevertheless, he stressed that CELAC is a “product of the great political freedom and consciousness that has been created in the 21st century” and of government that took on anti-capitalists projects.
“The virtue of Latin America and the Caribbean is in learning to understand each other, to recognize each other and respect each other. That has been and will be the golden rule,” that must not be broken, President Maduro emphasized.
He warned that Venezuela is being provoked by the extreme right that has been using political figures from countries linked to right-wing policies, who “are supporting political groups that willfully ignore the constitutional order, that willfully ignore the nation’s institutions and legitimate president, that promote a coup d’état in the short term.”
During the plenary session of the CELAC summit, the President asked his counterparts if they would tolerate political figures from outside countries promoting groups within their countries that were attempting to overthrow them (referring to three former presidents who visited Venezuela to support a figure accused of violating the law, and who have openly violated human rights and publicly called for the overthrow of the legitimate Venezuelan government).
“Is that tolerable in the current political life of Latin America and the Caribbean? We must not tolerate it. I call out for the political will, for respect and for diversity in order to continue on the path to constructing a new Latin America and Caribbean. From Venezuela, we will continue to play our part with willingness, love and patience,” he said.
Bolivar’s Homeland Stands with Colombia in its Search for Peace
The Venezuelan President also expressed his support for Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as well as for the peace negotiations that are underway in Cuba.
“I want to express words of optimism towards Colombia, our sister Colombia… We affirm our commitment [to the peace process], beyond the political difference we have and that surge every so often, regrettably so; difference that we discuss in person, bilaterally,” Maduro said on Wednesday afternoon.
President Maduro also noted that the regional bloc is not the ideal space for debating individual difference. “This is not the space for fighting amongst ourselves, it is the space for uniting, for embracing each other, and in this space Venezuela affirms its support for the struggle for peace in Colombia. Everything we must do and beyond, for everything that has been done and can be done, we are at the service of President Juan Manuel Santos to build peace in Colombia, in spite of everything, of the attacks against us from Bogota and Colombia. Venezuela, Bolivar’s homeland, is with Colombia in its search for peace,” he declared.
MinCI / AVN / Press - Venezuelan Embassy in the US / January 29, 2015