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VENEZUELA: Americas' Foreign Ministers Condemn Constituent Assembly

(Agencia CMA Latam) - Foreign ministers from 12 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean condemned the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) in Venezuela and deemed it as a "breach of the democratic order" in the country, according to a joint statement released by Peru's Foreign Ministry after a meeting held yesterday in Lima.

The meeting was convened by the Peruvian government after the ANC's election, held on July 30. Last week the assembly was installed by the President Nicolás Maduro, despite protests, international criticism and local demonstrations by the opposition.

The foreign ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru maintained "their decision not to recognize the ANC, nor the acts that emanate from it."

The group also declared its full support and solidarity to the National Assembly - the country's parliament, controlled by the opposition - as well as to the Attorney General Luisa Ortega, who was dismissed by the ANC after being suspended for "serious misconduct in duty."

In the so-called Lima Declaration, the foreign ministers also condemned "the systematic violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms, violence, repression and political persecution, the existence of political prisoners and the lack of free elections under independent international observation."

Also, the foreign ministers declared their support for Mercosur's decision to suspend Venezuela, after applying the Ushuaia Protocol on Democratic Commitment for "breach of the democratic order."

They also stated that they would not support any Venezuelan candidacy in regional or international forums and organizations.

by Agencia CMA Latam

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