Montevideo Mechanism and Caricom issue joint declaration in favor of dialogue and peace in Venezuela
As part of the II Meeting of the Montevideo Mechanism, the governments of Mexico, Uruguay, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, representing the Caribbean Community (Caricom), issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to contribute to the dialogue between the various Venezuelan political sectors, for the peaceful settlement of their differences.
They also categorically reject the invocation of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR / Rio Pact), similarly condemning any attempt to the use of force, or any other action contrary to international law.
The full text of the statement follows:
II Meeting of the Mechanism of Montevideo
The governments of Mexico, Uruguay, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, representing the Caribbean Community (Caricom), signatories of the Montevideo Mechanism, with the support of the General Secretariat of the Caricom, with the purpose of following up on the situation In Venezuela, we declare the following:
- Let us endorse our commitment to contribute so the Venezuelan people can find a peaceful and democratic solution to their differences, so Venezuela reaches peace and stability. We call on all actors to take the path of a broad, credible and inclusive dialogue for that purpose.
- Due that other initiatives have not prospered, let us endorse our position in favor of a dialogue based on impartiality and trust as the process led by the Kingdom of Norway did.
- We reiterate our concern about the humanitarian situation in Venezuela, urging all parties to guarantee protection of human rights.
- We categorically reject the invocation of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (Rio Pact), as it is an instrument designed to stop aggressions between States, not to address humanitarian situations. We condemn any attempt to threaten or use force, or any other action contrary to international law.
- We welcome the return of deputies of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) to the National Assembly, as a way of channeling the dialogue through institutional and democratic means. In this framework, we celebrate the agreement to form the commission in charge of choosing the Electoral Nominations Committee for the renovation of the National Electoral Council.
- We recognize that confidence-building measures such as the release of Deputy Edgar Zambrano contribute to strengthening the dialogue between the parties in Venezuela and we call for the release of all people in a similar situation, including Roberto Marrero, and respect to parliamentary immunity.
- We reiterate to the Venezuelan actors the disposition of the Montevideo Mechanism to accompany any initiative for inclusive dialogue in a framework of respect for the principles of non-intervention, the legal equality of States, the peaceful resolution of disputes, respect for human rights, the constitutional order and the self-determination of the peoples.
- We agreed on a Road Map proposal, based on the four phases established in the Montevideo Mechanism, which will be taken into the consideration of the different Venezuelan actors.
- We appreciate the participation as an observer of Mr. Gustavo Béliz, member of the transition team of the President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, and we invite that country to join the Montevideo Mechanism, once the new government takes office.
Montevideo, November 18, 2019
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