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Statement: Bolivarian Government Rejects Coercive U.S. Measures against Venezuela

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and President Nicolás Maduro Moros categorically reject the press release issued by the Department of State of the United States of America, which employs mechanisms detrimental to human rights and once again violates international law.

 The reiteration of unilateral coercive measures on the terms stated contravenes the willingness of all the governments and peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean in our organizations of integration and unity, recently expressed in the declaration of “strong repudiation of the application of unilateral coercive measures that are contrary to international law” that was endorsed on January 29, 2015, during the Third Summit of CELAC Heads of State. In that same vein, recent declarations by Mercosur and UNASUR urged the Government of the United States of America to “abstain” from applying unilateral sanctions that “do not contribute to stability, social peace and democracy.”

 The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela regrets the continued aggression by the Government of the United States of America, which threatens the dialogue of respect that shapes the international conduct of the Venezuelan government and that chooses to continue violating the principles of national sovereignty, equal rights and non-interference in domestic affairs intrinsic to international law.

 The Venezuelan people reaffirm their independence and sovereignty. We do not recognize, under any circumstances, imperialist ambitions to impose extraterritorial jurisdiction nor any sort of interference from foreign powers. We recall Simón Bolívar, who said: “The United States seems destined by providence to plague the Americas with misery in the name of liberty”, and we join our voices to the call for freedom made by eternal Commander Hugo Chávez, when he said: “Venezuela will never again be a North American colony.”

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reserves all its rights in the diplomatic sphere and in international law that may be necessary to defend the sovereignty and independence of our nation and to enable us to reject these measures of aggression against Venezuela.

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