Foreign Minister Arreaza denounces assault on the Embassy of Venezuela in Costa Rica
The Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, denounced the political assault that the Embassy of the South American country in the Republic of Costa Rica, on the part of a group of unknown persons, was object of this Wednesday morning.
In this regard, he stressed – through his Twitter account @ jaarreaza – that the Costa Rican government must enforce the Diplomatic Relations Convention and guarantee the operation and security of Venezuelan personnel and facilities.
Cual ladrones, esta madrugada un grupo de desconocidos ingresó a la sede de la embajada de Venezuela en Costa Rica. El Gobierno de ese país debe hacer cumplir la Convención de Relaciones Diplomáticas y garantizar el funcionamiento y seguridad de nuestro personal e instalaciones
— Jorge Arreaza M (@jaarreaza) February 20, 2019
The irruption occurs less than 10 days after the government of President Carlos Alvarado gave a period of 60 days to the diplomats to leave the country, so that they still enjoy immunities and privileges until the moment of their departure from that Central American nation.
By virtue of this fact, the officials of the legitimate government of President Nicolás Maduro have gone to the headquarter of the legation, with the objective of retaking the Embassy with the force of the law and with the arguments coordinated with the Foreign Ministry of Costa Rica.
The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela urges the Costa Rican government to assume the correct side of international conventions to avoid a situation of violence stimulated by factors of the Venezuelan opposition.
A violation of the Vienna Convention
The illegal irruption violates the precepts established in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
Article 22 of this Convention establishes that: “The premises of the mission are inviolable. The agents of the receiving State may not enter them without the consent of the head of the mission. The receiving State has a special obligation to take all appropriate measures to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to avoid disturbing the tranquility of the mission or threatening its dignity”.