Venezuela rejects arbitrary EU measure against 19 officials

The Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, expressed a forceful rejection of the imposition of unilateral coercive measures that were applied against 19 Venezuelan officials in an arbitrary manner and without any type of legal basis in the international arena.

In the opinion of the Chancellor, these types of actions reflect the frustration of this association made up of 27 European countries by not being able to comply with its policy of aggression, by maintaining an "interventionist and interference" policy against the country.

Through his official twitter account, Arreaza wrote: “Venezuela rejects the decision of the Council of Foreign Affairs of the #UE that arbitrarily imposes Unilateral Coercive Measures against 19 Venezuelan officials, as an expression of its frustration at the failure of its aggression against our town".

Here is the full text of the statement:

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela categorically rejects the decision of the Council of Foreign Affairs of the European Union, by means of which it arbitrarily imposes unilateral coercive measures against 19 officials of the Venezuelan State, including high dignitaries and magistrates who are members of the public powers of the country.

To point out honorable citizens with false arguments, in reaction to the frustration of a group of member states of the European Union over the manifest ineffectiveness of their actions to force a change of government in Venezuela, is nothing more than another clumsy decision whose sole intention is to to negatively affect the political dialogue that takes place in the country.

Venezuela reiterates and denounces the arbitrary nature of these alleged sanctions without any legal basis in the norms shared in international law. These erratic decisions also reveal the inability of the European bloc to understand, accept and respect the will of the Venezuelan people and reveal its anachronistic interventionist and interventionist policy towards Venezuela.

It should be noted that this illegal EU decision represents a kind of arrogant affront to the United Nations, a body that a few days ago through its special rapporteur on coercive and unilateral measures of the Human Rights Council has demanded the United States the European Union the lifting of unilateral sanctions against Venezuela, given the devastating effect they have on the enjoyment of human rights by the entire Venezuelan population.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela makes a new call to the European Union to cease its systematic aggression against the Venezuelan people and abandon, once and for all, neocolonial vestiges and pretensions in its approach to Latin America. Venezuela hopes that the failure of the interventionist plans will generate a deep reflection and rectification within the European governments that will allow the establishment of new relations of mutual respect for the reconstruction of the necessary trust that the EU is so determined to destroy.

Caracas, February 22, 2021.

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