Venezuela Demands the United States to Respect Military Agreements, Sales and Equipement Releases Legally Settled and Paid
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
On September 05, 2006 the U.S. Department of State conveyed a Note Verbal to the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Washington, reaffirming the decision made by its government of revoking the sale of military components and services from the United States to Venezuela, and calling for the immediate closure of our country?s Military Acquisitions Office in Miami. The deadline established in such Note is September 30, 2006.
With respect to the decision, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela allows itself the opportunity to express that, in protection of the sovereign interests of our Homeland, the Bolivarian Government will adopt in a responsible way, but with no hesitation, the measures deemed necessary.
This new action against our country forces us to dwell on some considerations:
1. The Bolivarian Government believes that the decision made by the Government of the United States is framed in the continued and aggressive policy implemented by the North-American imperialism against Venezuela, which is based on a low-intensity conflict scenario. Likewise, the aforementioned undoubtedly constitutes a new hostile action aimed at deploying a sort of blockade in the military field against our country, which we firmly reject.
2. The National Government considers that every country, including the United States, must respect the agreements and sales legally negotiated and settled. In this regard, we demand the Government of the United States to allow the flow of defence input and articles that were already paid by our Government before August 17, 2006, or instead, to reimburse such payments.
3. This is a very good opportunity to reiterate our Government?s willingness to further advance the exercise of sovereignty and self determination. Consequently, we reaffirm our interest in expand the suppliers spectrum offered by the international markets in the field of military input and equipment, with a view to ensure the necessary equipment for a firm defense of the Simon Bolivar?s Homeland.
4. The Department of State argues in is Note that our country in ?not fully cooperating with U.S. antiterrorism efforts?. This is an unfounded assertion. Our country is, by principle, committed to the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, whoever may practice it. Our country has adhered international compromises that it fully complies. A mere example in the inter-American scenario is our membership in the Inter- American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE).
5. On the contrary, the current Government of the United States practices State terrorism, something which is questioned by the world and most of the people in the United States. The invasions to Iraq and Afghanistan are emblematic in this regard.
6. We seize this opportunity to reiterate, before the Government of the United States, the request for the extradition of the connoted international terrorist Posada Carriles, who is endorsed and protected by that Government. This action only illustrates the double moral practiced by the United States.
7. The Government of the United States, acting in a unilateral and unmoral way, has irresponsibly included Venezuela as category 3 country in its report on ?Trafficking in Persons?, which may lead to military sanctions against our country. This decision clearly demonstrates the misuse by the Government of the United States of the issue of trafficking in persons, with the aim of achieving despicable political objectives.
8. Venezuela is a model country with respect to the combat against trafficking in persons and its root causes. The 34 Member Countries of the OAS have acknowledged the labor of Venezuela in this regard, as reflected on the Declaration approved at the First Meeting of National Authorities on Trafficking in Persons, held in Margarita, in the first term of 2006.
9. The Bolivarian Government further reiterates its willingness to maintain normal and constructive diplomatic relations with the Government of the United States, based on the governing principles of the International Law and full respect for the sovereignty of our country.
Caracas, September 07, 2006.