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Wednesday, 10 April 2019
‘HALT TERRORIST ATTACKS AND AMBUSHES’ –Venezuelan President Maduro calls for dialogue
VENEZUELA’S President Nicolas Maduro has calledfor dialogue to settle political differences and achieve national peace. ‘Let’s put all our cards on the table and halt the terrorist attacks and ambushes,’ Maduro said on Sunday.
|Pro-Maduro supporters marching in Caracas on Saturday
He stressed Venezuela’s willingness to engage in dialogue as a mechanism to settle political differences, for peace and to prevent the continuation of terrorist aggression against the people. As a way to achieve an exchange with the opposition that will lead to satisfactory results for Venezuelans, President Maduro, asked the nations guaranteeing the Montevideo Agreement to reactivate support for international negotiations.
He declared: ‘I call on the presidents of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador; Uruguay, Tabare Vásquez; Bolivia, Evo Morales; and the prime ministers and heads of state of the 14 Caribbean countries, members of Caricom, to resume the dialogue initiative signed in Montevideo two months ago.’
During a mass demonstration held on Saturday in Caracas in defence of the homeland and against imperialism, Maduro ratified his support and willingness to seek a peaceful way to reach agreements ‘for the good of Venezuela and its future.
‘Let’s put all our cards on the table and halt the terrorist attacks and ambushes,’ he said, once again denouncing the systematic terrorist campaign which is aimed at destroying the National Electric System (SEN).
Maduro explained that the backing of Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia and the Caribbean nations will make possible to carry on with the talks with all the political, cultural, economic and social sectors that wish to protect Venezuela from so much evil planned by the United States government.
In this regard, he pointed out that ‘through talks, sectors of the political right that have not fallen into the terrorist madness of Washington will be able to express themselves in a mature and responsible way for national and regional interests.’
Finally, Maduro stressed that most Venezuelans yearn for dialogue, prosperity, tranquility, progress and peace.
Meanwhile, Venezuelan lawmakers from the Bloque de la Patria (Bloc of the Motherland) presented a formal complaint against the directive of the Venezuelan National Assembly (2016 – 2019) on Sunday during the 140th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held from April 6th to 10 in Doha, Qatar.
‘We have stated before the Secretariat to consider and evaluate the actions of the National Assembly as they are violating the IPU’s statutes by taking actions to violate the sovereignty of the country and threaten the preservation of peace,’ explained lawmaker from the party Motherland for All (PPT), Ilenia Medina.
The complaint was formally introduced before the IPU secretariat by Medina, Juan Marin (PSUV) and Yul Jabour (PCV), who said they also act in defence of the human rights of Venezuelans who have been severely affected by the actions of several presidents, in contempt, of the National Assembly.
The parliamentarians categorised the actions of Henri Ramos Allup (2016), Julio Borges (2017) and Juan Guaido (2019) as serious infringements on the sovereignty and welfare of Venezuela, understood as violations of the country’s institutions, the constitutional order, human rights and peace for all Venezuelans.
They reminded how Ramos Allup, in January 2016, announced that the National Assembly would ‘evict’ President Nicolas Maduro and consequently refused to fulfil his constitutional responsibilities of cooperating with the Head of State in relation to the Economic Emergency Plan.
For his part Borges, a year later, continued to break the constitutional order by making an international tour to request sanctions and coercive measures against the very people he represented.
Something very similar is being done by Juan Guaido, who, in violation of the Constitution, proclaimed himself ‘interim’ president with the support of the United States government and right-wing leaders in the region.
And, without any authority, handed over the company Citgo – a subsidiary of PDVSA – to the administration of Donald Trump; and to Colombia, the company Monomeros, a subsidiary of Pequiven, whose assets belong to the Venezuelan State.
In the dissertation, the Bloque de la Patria emphasised the worrying fact that all three opposition deputies have opted for foreign military intervention and war. Ramos Allup, in June 2016, tried to apply the Inter-American Democratic Charter against Venezuela and obstructed the dialogue between the government and the opposition.
For their part, Borges and Guaido, justifying themselves under the flag of ‘humanitarian aid’, advocated more interference and several attempts at a coup d''état.
Especially grave are the affirmations of Guaido ‘authorising’ Trump to deploy an armed intervention against Venezuela and its people – as are his statements of March 26, which show collusion between Guaido and the sabotage of the national electricity system (SEN)
Guaido said then: ‘There will be no solution to the electric problem ... there will be no water for houses, much less domestic gas, we are going to accelerate the internal pressure necessary to continue adding up in that process of definitive cessation ...’
With this evidence presented in greater detail, the deputies of the Bloque de la Patria justified their complaint to the IPU Secretariat.
‘A significant number of countries in the world have expressed their support, have condemned the aggression of US imperialism and the sanctions it is promoting against Venezuela,’ said Yul Jabour of the PCV, adding emphatically that ‘the voices of the Venezuelan people have support in the world.’
• Intellectuals from 40 nations on Sunday attended a seminar in Mexico, hosted by the Mexico Workers’ Party, to show solidarity with Venezuela and Cuba as they face a hostile blockade by western nations, led by the US regime.
Over 100 delegates from 40 nations attended Sunday’s seminar dubbed ‘Parties and a New Society'', to tackle issues like the economic blockade on Venezuela and Cuba, along with the threat to peace in Colombia and the Middle East.
The conference attendees, including many economists, political scientists, and academics, passed 15 resolutions to counter the US-led blockade and to show their solidarity with Venezuela and Cuba as they overcome these hostile policies.
Among the most recent hostile actions taken by the Trump regime has been the blockade imposed on tankers travelling from Venezuela to Cuba.
The US regime’s decision to impose this blockade is part of their inhuman attempt to deprive the people of Cuba and Venezuela of much needed supplies like hydrocarbons and oil.
In commemoration of the unjustly imprisoned former Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the delegates at the seminar passed a resolution demanding his immediate release, along with Argentinian social leader Milagros Salas, and other political prisoners in Latin America, the US and other countries. Finally, the delegates also demanded the security of Julian Assange, who is facing expulsion by the Ecuadorean embassy in London.
• The flight attendants’ union has announced that 2,200 of its members employed by Mexican flag carrier Aeroméxico will strike on May 31 to press for a 10% salary increase. Union leader Ricardo del Valle explained that the flight attendants delivered their list of demands to the airline this week, and that the workers hope to come to an agreement before the strike date. Other demands include improvements to social security benefits.
Del Valle said the union is a democratic organisation whose members elect the leadership with a universal and secret ballot, and is accountable to its members.
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