Monday, February 17th 2014 - 09:54 UTC

Mercosur condemns violence in Venezuela and calls for dialogue

Mercosur country members, in an official release rejected all acts of violence and condemned the destabilization attempts against the government of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

The group trusts the Venezuelan government will not rest in its efforts to keep peace

 Member states from Mercosur “repudiate all kind of violence and intolerance which pretends to attack democracy and its institutions, whatever its origin”, points out the release, and 'reiterates its strong commitment with the full exercise of democratic institutions, and in that framework rejects the criminal actions from violent groups that want to disseminate intolerance and hatred as an instrument of political struggle in the Bolivarian republic of Venezuela“.

They also reject all rupture threats against the democratic order constituted on the legitimacy of universal ballot and reiterate their strong position in defense and preservation of the democratic institutions, as indicated in the 1998 Ushuaia Protocol on Mercosur democratic commitment.

The statement which was released by the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs ministry website calls on all sides ”to continue addressing the nation's problems through dialogue in the framework of the democratic institutions, rule of the law, as has been promoted by President Nicolas Maduro in recent weeks“.

Finally the release extends its condolences to the families of the fatal victims, ”the result of provoked serious disturbances, and fully trusts that the Venezuelan government will not rest in its effort to keep the peace and full guarantees for all citizens”.

Venezuela currently holds the Mercosur chair, because of the suspension of Paraguay in June 2012.

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1 Klingon (#) Feb 17th, 2014 - 10:03 am Report abuse
May as well use that statement as toilet paper.
Sooner the Maduro thugs are thrown out, the better!
I fear it will get much worse than better, since Hugo supplied all his chavistas with AK47's.
2 JoseAngeldeMonterrey (#) Feb 17th, 2014 - 10:34 am Report abuse
Mercosur didn´t mention the repression of public protesters and freedom of expression and the deterioration of liberties in Venezuela? I am not surprised. Mercosur demonstrates its irrelevance once again. That´s why is doom to fail.
3 ChrisR (#) Feb 17th, 2014 - 11:46 am Report abuse
@ 1 Klingon

Don't know about that but the famous photo of an old biddy (must have been 80YO) in camo uniform was carrying a FN SLR.
4 Conqueror (#) Feb 17th, 2014 - 03:11 pm Report abuse
I just wonder what the correct situation to achieve is when the “government” wants one thing and the “people” want something different?

Let's offer some options;
1) People vote for and elect a “government”. “Government” gets on and does whatever it likes;
2) People vote for and elect a “government”. “Government” gets on and does whatever the people want;
3) People vote for and elect a “government”. For the most part, “government” gets on and does whatever the people want. On occasion, “government” thinks that the people are wrong. It tries to persuade them, presenting ALL the facts. Then it asks the people again. THEN it does as it's told.

Which one should Venezuela, indeed the whole of latam, choose?

By the way, doesn't “Bolivarian Revolution” sound wonderful? Of course, Bolivar was actually a dictator. He didn't believe in the U.S. governmental system for South America. He believed in lifelong dictatorships. So did Chavez!
5 Jack Bauer (#) Feb 20th, 2014 - 06:43 pm Report abuse
@4, well put.
Now, to the Mercosur release : ”Member states from Mercosur “repudiate all kind of violence and intolerance which pretends to attack democracy and its institutions, and reiterates its strong commitment with the full exercise of democratic institutions in the Bolivarian republic of Venezuela“. Quite meaningless. How do the Member States justify their defence of the blatant Venezuelan dictatorship ? When Chavez took over, democracy ended. Also, when the Mercosur block expelled Paraguay in 2012 (for legally destituting wannabe dictator and paedophile Fernando Lugo), and accepted the Chavez tyranny, they just proved they are not worth a bucket of s**t.

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