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Venezuela: Chile's President 'Broke Relations' Since Campaign

  • Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza during the OAS 70th assembly on June 5, 2018

    Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza during the OAS 70th assembly on June 5, 2018 | Photo: EFE

Published 10 June 2018
Opinion

His comment follows the OAS meeting, in which 19 state members voted in favor of a resolution promoted by Chile that would ban Venezuela from the organization for allegedly “breaking with the democratic order.”

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Saturday that Chile's President “broke the relationship” between both countries, in an interview with Chilean daily La Tercera.

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“(President) Sebastian Piñera broke the relationship with Venezuela, even since the electoral campaign,” he said, commenting the declarations of his Chilean counterpart Roberto Ampuero at the recent assembly of the Organization of the American States in Washington D.C.

“This is a shame, but these are governments following orders,” he added.

The resolution, according to Arreaza, “is breaking the fundamental principles of international law,” especially the "right to non-interference.”

“This is a very strange game that only (U.S. President) Donald Trump's can be promoting, and imperialism, which maintains governments subordinated.”

He criticized Ampuero saying it was easy to just sit in a forum and accuse a government of being a dictatorship, of abusing the people, while having issues internally and abuses against their own people.

“This is the reason why there exists the principle of non-interference in domestic affairs of other states, which we respect until we feel attacked as it has just occurred,” he added, saying that sanctions had no effect on Venezuela but lamenting the situation as two neighbor countries owed “respect to each other.”

Chile's ambassador Pedro Ramirez reported on the situation in Venezuela last April to President Michelle Bachelet and was not sent back to Caracas.

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