Venezuelan Ambassador to Guyana, Reina Diaz, on Monday called on the Guyanese people and the Guyana Government to support the Nicholas Maduro Government in its call for peaceful dialogue to end ongoing political problems in the neighbouring state that has resulted in daily clashes between demonstrators and security forces.
During a press conference at the Georgetown Embassy, Ambassador Diaz appealed for the help of the Guyana Government and other regional governments while reporting her government’s position on the acts of violence and terrorism which the government blames “radical sectors of the political opposition” for.
Responding to only written questions and assisted by the Minister Consular, Luis Dias, Ambassador Diaz said it is important that the government of Venezuela and the Venezuelan authorities be supported in international forums.
“We are grateful for the support of the governments of this region and governments of the world to respect that no ill will is shown by the State. We are grateful to a show support for dialogue which the government has asked as a means of solving internal problems,” she said in response to a direct question from News Source.
The Ambassador is concerned that international news reportage is not recognizing the Venezuelan government’s efforts to end the conflict and are only placing attention on the “so called peaceful protests.”
The resident Ambassador said the political opposition in Venezuela is being supported by “those who believe to be owners of the world” the overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution Government.
“Those who today call for violence and carry out terrorist acts are the same ones who in 2002 tried to overthrow the government,” She added.
The Ambassador said the supposed peaceful demonstrations have a clear objective which is to overthrow the legitimate and constitutional President of Venezuela and reverse social achievements of Venezuelan people.
She believes too that there is an international media campaign to falsify the reality of what was taking place in Venezuela while refusing to report on the attacks on citizens and law enforcement.
“The Opposition funded by foreign aid and with media support have created matrix of hatred, persecution and aggression towards government officials and to all those who sympathize with the Bolivarian thinking,” the Ambassador added.
She went onto add that “large media corporations tried to make people believe that there are violent protest all over the country when in fact most of the manifestation have mainly occurred in three states.”
Ambassador Diaz said there are clear attempts by the opposition to destabilize the country through its non-acceptance of an invitation to dialogue by President Maduro.
While elections are not constitutionally due in Venezuela until 2019, Maduro has moved to set up a National Constituent Assembly to rewrite the country’s Constitution.
Additionally, a Presidential Commission has been set up to begin implementing the process by Maduro who has refused to comply with a call for a referendum on the issue.
The Ambassador pointed out that there are 18 political organisation of the opposition party attending the call for participation in the constituent process but it has not heeded the call for national dialogue.
Diaz said in 2014 and 2016 the opposition had asked for the Constituent Assembly but not rejects it as not being necessary.
While Venezuela now seeks the help of Guyana and other nations, many international organisations are increasing pressure on the country’s government to call elections soon. The OAS has has determined that the country is now under a dictatorship and the European Union has called for early elections. Over the past weeks of protests, over 45 protesters have been killed during clashes with law enforcement.
While Guyana and Venezuela continue to share diplomatic relations, Guyana finds itself still dealing with Venezuela’s claim to its territory. That issue is now engaging the UN Good Officers process.
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