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Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela rejects aggression campaign led by the Republic of Colombia jointly with business and media factors against Venezuela, its institutions and its People PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 13:39

COMUNICADO OFICIAL

BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA

MINISTRY OF PEOPLE’S POWER

FOR FOREIGN RELATIONS

 

COMMUNIQUÉ

 

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela rejects the systematic aggression campaign led by the Republic of Colombia jointly with business and media factors against Venezuela, its institutions and its People. President Juan Manuel Santos betrays the history of independence and liberty that is common to both countries as he stabs in the back the country that helped him construct peace.

This scheme, of bad faith and double standard, proves the violation of fundamental principles of International Law, namely non-interference in domestic affairs, self-determination and respect for the sovereignty of States, all of which are essential for the peaceful coexistence and the development of bilateral relations of friendship and cooperation.

It is absolutely questionable, that in face of the very serious problems affecting the People of our sister-nation of Colombia, the grotesque figures of violence, forced disappearances, poverty, exclusion, increase in drug-trafficking and repression, among others, perfectly documented by international organizations-, the government of Colombia intends to conceal, in the best of cases, its responsibilities by attacking Venezuela or to use such attacks as a bargaining chip to obtain privileges from the new U.S. administration. 

According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Colombia is one of the most unequal countries in the world, ranking 12th out of 168 countries with inequality in terms of income, access to education and health and gender equality. According to the National Statistics Administrative Department of Colombia (DANE), the population living below the poverty line amounts to 28%, that is, 0.72% up from 2015.

Further, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2015 report listed Colombia as one of the countries with famine caused by conflicts and estimates that 12% of Colombian population required humanitarian aid urgently. Likewise, more recent estimations confirm that 9% of the Colombian population still is undernourished, showing the inability of the Colombian State to meet the needs of its population. 

Organizations specialised in prison-related matters indicate that the number of political prisoners in Colombia amounts to approximately 9,500 people. This proves that the Colombian State incarcerates trade unionists, documentary filmmakers, students, artists, peasants, teachers and social leaders by using legal fabrications for the purposes of criminalizing social and political struggles. 

The National Historical Memory Centre accounts for 60,630 cases of disappearances throughout the last 45 years. This equals 112 persons per month, and almost 4 persons a day. Further, last April 30th, 2017, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reported that in the first four months of this year, 41 Human Rights Defenders have been killed in Colombia, that is, almost 3 Human Rights Defenders are killed in Colombia on daily basis.

It becomes necessary to recall as well that according to the 2015 Report issued by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on June 2016, Colombia is the country with the highest number of internal displaced people, with a total amount of 6.9 million of displaced persons as a result of the domestic conflict that has disturbed peace in this sister-nation for over seven decades. 

But far more serious, cocaine production has increased in Colombia by 37% according to figures published in the World Drugs Report 2016 (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), which further adversely impacts on cross border and paramilitary crimes, which have also increased.

In light of such powerful evidence, it noticeably draws our attention that President Santos makes statements about the Venezuelan development model which has led Venezuela to be ranked 71 in the UNDP Human Development Index, thus amply surpassing Colombia, which ranked 95.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela hereby strongly rejects the double standard and the bias of the Colombian government to attack Venezuela. At the same time, based on the historical brotherhood existing between our peoples, our country makes a new call with a view to peace and to the good relations that should develop between neighbouring countries so that the Colombian government ceases to interfere in the domestic matters of Venezuela, abides by International Law principles and focuses on the serious difficulties endured by its own people instead of intending to teach Venezuela lessons of democracy and human rights.

 

Caracas, May 8th, 2017

 

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