The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela evaluates the legal actions that will take before the illegal irruption commited this Thursday by American police forces in its diplomatic headquarters in Washington, which served as an Embassy until the moment of the rupture of relations between the two countries, informed the People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza.

The illicit taking of the diplomatic premises, the Venezuelan foreign minister stressed through his Twitter account @jaarreaza, constituted a violation not only of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations but also of the Human Rights of the American activists who guarded the building – with the authorization of the National executive – to avoid their illegitimate occupation.

Similarly, the Minister of Foreign Relations stressed that the decision has been a superb reaction to the denounciation made Wednesday by the Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Samuel Moncada, in relation to the siege of the diplomatic headquarters of Venezuela in Washington.

“The morale of the 4 activists is more powerful than the repressive force of the dozens of armed police deployed”, added Foreign Minister Arreaza, in relation to the members of the Embassy Protection Collective.

Venezuela did not authorize entry of police officers

The Vice-minister for North America of the People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations, Carlos Ron, clarified – also on Twitter (@CarlosJRonVE) – that the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela did not authorize the entry of US officials into the diplomatic establishment.

“Any entry of this kind is an illegal violation of the Vienna Convention”, he added.

In recent days, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza repeatedly demanded the US government to comply with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which in its article 45 provides: in case of rupture of diplomatic relations between two States, or if a mission is definitively or temporarily terminated, the receiving State will be obliged to respect and protect, even in the event of an armed conflict, the premises of the mission as well as its assets and archives.

US police forces broke Thursday morning into the Venezuelan diplomatic headquarters in Washington, where they arrested the last four activists who protected the premises, avoiding the illegal occupation by followers of the self-proclaimed Juan Guaidó.


People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations of Venezuela