As Washington’s Latin American Puppets Denounce Venezuela, Mexico Defends Maduro

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico – The Government of Mexico decided not to support the Lima Group statement on Venezuela regarding “self-determination of peoples”. The position was presented by Undersecretary Maximiliano Reyes Zúñiga, in charge of Latin America and the Caribbean of the Mexican Foreign Ministry.

“The Government of Mexico, faithfully following its constitutional principles of foreign policy, will refrain from issuing any decision on the legitimacy of the Venezuelan government. Self-determination and non-intervention are constitutional principles that Mexico must follow,” Zúñiga said.

Zúñiga attended the meeting of foreign ministers of the group, held in the Peruvian capital, instead of the Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard.

He added that “promoting dialogue between the parties to find a peaceful solution to the situation in Venezuela will continue to be a priority of Mexico’s foreign policy, so this time Mexico will not follow the text being discussed.”

However, Zúñiga told the foreign ministers that Mexico “reiterates its concern about the dynamics that have altered the peace and prosperity of the Venezuelan people and the situation regarding respect for human rights that exists.”

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In the statement of the Lima Group Friday, the 13 signatory countries indicate that they do not recognize the legitimacy of Nicolás Maduro’s new presidential term in Venezuela.

The Governments of Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Saint Lucia asked Maduro not to assume the presidency of Venezuela on January 10 and to transfer the Executive Power to the Assembly (Unicameral parliament with a majority of opposition) until new democratic elections are held.

Mexico was the only member country of the Lima Group that did not sign the declaration.

The Lima Group also expressed its “grave concern about the mass exodus of migrants and asylum seekers resulting from the grave political and humanitarian crisis in that country.”

Likewise, the signatory countries announced that they will re-evaluate their diplomatic relations with Venezuela, “due to the restoration of democracy and constitutional order in that country.”

They also agreed to prevent the entry into their territories of high officials of the Venezuelan government and to establish financial sanctions on individuals and companies linked to the Caracas Executive.

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