On Saturday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada issued a statement disregarding the legitimacy of the Venezuelan institutions, which is why the Bolivarian Government issued an Official Statement categorically rejecting her comments.
Following, the full text:
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela categorically rejects the statements issued on January 27, 2018 by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Chrystia Freeland, which purports to ignore the legitimacy of Venezuelan institutions. These pronouncements also constitute a clear violation of the principles that govern international norms such as respect for sovereignty, the self-determination of Peoples, and non-intervention in the internal affairs of States.
The representative of the Canadian regime only fulfills its role in the campaign initiated in Washington to undermine the will of the Venezuelan people, and to intensify the economic and financial blockade against our country; all with the intention of reviving, from the outside, the political violence that has already been overcome. In this way, the Canadian regime confirms the reason that the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela had when it expelled the Chargé d’Affaires of its diplomatic representation in Caracas in December 2017.
It is ironic that, after months of an intense campaign in which the Venezuelan State was ordered to call early presidential elections, now the Canadian regime rejects this course of action, which was decreed by the plenipotentiary National Constituent Assembly, legitimate representative of the Venezuelan sovereign, as the depository of the original power. It is evident that what Canada was promoting was not the exercise of suffrage as a democratic mechanism to resolve the differences among Venezuelans, without interference of any kind, but to favor a result that favored its political allies, within the framework of its illegal policies of change of Government by violent means.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reiterates that it is the Venezuelan people the only one with the right to validate the functioning of its institutions and its electoral processes and that neither the People nor the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela will yield to pressures, blackmail, threats, blockades or sanctions of any kind. empire or subordinates that seek to undermine the freedom, independence and democracy that has cost so much to consolidate over more than two hundred years.
Caracas, January 28, 2018