The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) firmly repudiates the statements by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, which constitute a direct threat upon the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and an unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign country.

By threatening foreign military intervention in the South American country unless elections are held, the Portuguese minister shamefully associates the name of Portugal with those who seek, at all cost, to overthrown the legitimate government of Venezuela to then invert the political, economic, social and cultural achievements of the last 20 years by the Bolivarian Revolution and place the country’s natural resource in the hands of foreign interests, in particular the US.

This position violates the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic (which any government is obliged to fulfill), which in its Article 7 stipulates the principles ruling the country’s international relations, among them the respect for the rights of peoples, equality among States, peaceful solution of international conflicts, non-interference in the internal affairs of other States and national independence. This principles totally oppose submission to the dictates of the US that have marked the Portuguese government’s position on the issue of Venezuela.

These statements by the Portuguese minister, in addition to being illegitimate under the Portuguese Constitution, worsen the position of the Government of recognizing Juan Guiadó as «interim president» of Venezuela without any justifying national and international framework and of maintaining complicity with the appropriation, by the Novo Banco, of more than 1500 million Venezuelan euros flagged for paying medical treatment of this country’s citizens.

A government that respects the Constitution and International Law should immediately and unequivocally condemn the possibility of any military aggression against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the cruel financial and economic blockade launched by the US and followed by the EU, which mostly affects children and the poorest sectors of the Venezuelan people, in sensitives areas like food and health.

Reaffirming its complete solidarity with the Bolivarian government and forces, CPPC demands that the Portuguese government stop aligning with those that want to impose their will upon the peoples of the world, to best plunder their natural and human resources, and rather implement a foreign policy of peace and cooperation, consistent with the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, which enshrines in its text the main achievements of the April Revolution that in 2019 celebrates 45 years.

CPPC National Leadership
June 9th 2019


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