Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations

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Venezuela rejects renewal of unilateral sanctions by the US Congress

2016-07-07

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela categorically rejects the approval by the US Congress of the extension of the unilateral, illegal and in violation of international law sanctions, which the United States maintains over our country.

Venezuela has been a sovereign country for 205 years. We won our Independence from the world's most powerful empire, and it will not be precisely the imperial pretensions contained in illegitimate sanctions which will divert our country from the path chosen by its people from exercising their sovereignty, self-determination, participative and protagonist democracy, that decided to live building a more just, democratic and peaceful society.

We demand President Barack Hussein Obama to respect International Law and the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and once again we urge him not enact this law that goes against the multilateral system and to repeal the executive order, once he himself has publicly acknowledged that Venezuela poses no threat to the United States. The international community has ratified this message demanding the repeal of US unilateral actions.

The imposition of unilateral sanctions on Venezuela demonstrates the double standards of the US government, which on the one hand claims to be in favor of a dialogue in Venezuela and at the same time, with this political gesture, encourages historically anti-democratic and violent opposition sectors to continue sabotaging efforts to maintain peace and respect the Venezuelan constitutional order.

The People and the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reiterates confidence in their legitimate institutions, and condemn any attempt to disavow and intimidate them, reaffirming his belief in the words of Commander Hugo Chavez: “No one will stop the victorious march of the Homeland of Simon Bolivar!


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