The Canadian, Latin American & Caribbean Policy Center strongly condemns the coup attempt against the legitimate President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, on the part of the neoconservative extreme right led by President Donald Trump, with the company of few rightist governments of the western hemisphere grouped in the so-called “Grupo de Lima”, with the infamous complacency of the Canadian government of Justin Trudeau.

The pretension of these countries to recognize as Venezuelan Head of State the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, currently in contempt of court according to the Supreme Court of Justice, constitutes a flagrant violation of the Venezuelan Constitution and laws, and to the principles of international law. It also sets a very dangerous precedent in Latin American. The application of this new “Plan Condor” means a setback for the region to the horrific times of coup and terror already overcome.

Only the people of Venezuela have the power to choose their own government. On May 20th, 2018, the then candidate Nicolás Maduro obtained 6,245,862 of valid votes to win the presidency of Venezuela, followed by the opposition candidate Henry Falcón, who only reached 1,927,387 votes, with a 46.02% of participation. This unusual participation was originated by the boycott promoted by the extreme right, but it did not mean in any way the delegitimization of this electoral process. Precisely, the extreme right stopped participating in these elections after receiving direct orders from the US government not to sign an agreement for peace and political coexistence with the government, after months of negotiations in the Dominican Republic under the mediation of the Dominican President Danilo Medina and the former Spanish president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

The Canadian, Latin American & Caribbean Policy Center urges the Canadian, Latin American and Caribbean community to recognize and respect the sovereign will of the Venezuelan people, and demands the Canadian government, with respect to Venezuela, to respect the principles of non-intervention and the inalienable right to self-determination and independence enshrined in the international law.

January 25, 2019