Venezuela holds the Government of Colombia responsible for the looting and vandalism of its Consulate in Bogotá

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela denounces to the International Community the looting and vandalism of its Consular headquarters in Bogotá, Republic of Colombia. The Colombian government is in flagrant violation of Articles 22 and 45 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations by allowing, by action or omission, the illegal occupation of our Consular Headquarters in Bogota.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela holds the Government of Colombia responsible for the loss or violation of property, archives and documents, in accordance with the provisions of Article 24 of the Vienna Convention.

It should be noted that Article 45 of the said Convention, “..if diplomatic relations are broken off between two States, or if a mission is permanently or temporarily recalled: the receiving State must, even in case of armed conflict, respect and protect the premises of the mission, together with its property and archives…”

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reserves the right to take any reciprocal diplomatic action that may be necessary to compensate for this unacceptable aggression against the premises of the Venezuelan Mission in the Republic of Colombia.

Caracas, July 27th, 2020


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