The ambassador to France of the Bolivian Republic of Venezuela calls on Brussels and Paris to favour dialogue rather than encouraging outside intervention.
How will you respond to Juan Guaido’s call to the Venezuelan ambassadors to no longer follow orders given by Nicolas Maduro?
Michel Mujica: Monsieur Guaido has also recently taken an oath to God. To my knowledge, this is not written in the Bolivian Republic of Venezuela’s constitution. In my capacity as Venezuelan Ambassador to France, I do not, therefore, recognise this demand. I represent the country of a president who was legally elected by the people, and that person is called Nicolas Maduro. As a result, I do not have to obey a friend of Donald Trump. Some countries have decided to recall their ambassadors, including many of the Lima group of countries and the United States. France has not yet done so.
What do you expect, then, from France and the European Union, who have been very critical of the manner in which the last presidential elections were run in May?
Michel Mujica: All countries in the world should respect the United Nations charter, which is founded on the sovereignty of all countries. Venezuela advocates a diplomacy of peace. Imagine if such a thing were to happen in France, that outside forces were to decide to interfere with the French President’s policies, in so doing ignoring a whole section of the French population. That is what is happening to us. Intervention, as in the current scenario between France and Italy, leads nowhere. Venezuela’s affairs must be sorted out by her own people. The events which have rocked our country could have unforeseen and serious consequences for the region. I therefore call on the world to respect the sovereignty of the Venezuelan people. We have many problems, and it is up to us, I repeat, to solve them. Sanctions, fake news, paramilitary groups moving over the Colombian border are yet more obstacles to our carrying out our policies. What we need today is solidarity and respect, not moralising or interference. For this to happen, dialogue alone can enable us to get through this crisis.
Interview by Stéphane Abouard