[On July 19, 2013 The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry announced its intent to terminate a process aimed toward regularizing diplomatic relations with the United States which had begun in a June meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry held in Guatemala.
The announcement followed statements made by US President Barack Obama’s nominee for Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. The nomination of Power to the UN post is a pointed one. Power represents a leading voice in what may be called ‘left wing imperialism’ or alternately “human rights interventionism.” She is widely considered to have been a leading advocate in the Obama administration for US intervention in Libya and can be expected to advocate further US arming and support for those factions in the Syrian civil war who are willing to voice cooperation with the interests of the US ruling class. A complete translation of the Venezuelan statement follows. ]
Edited and English Translation by Rawlinsview July 20, 2013
BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA
July 19, 2013 Caracas
The Ministry of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs [Venezuela] categorically rejects the statements made in the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee by Samantha Power, presidential nominee for Ambassador to the United Nations, where she stated that it will be part of her work to “fight against the repression of civil society” carried out by several countries, including Venezuela.
These disrespectful views were today endorsed and supported by the [US] Department of State, contradicting the tone and content expressed by the [US] Secretary of State John Kerry, in the meeting held with the Chancellor of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Elias Jauá Beach Milano, in the city of Antigua, Guatemala, last June.
The preoccupation of the Government of the United States regarding the alleged repression of Civil Society in Venezuela is unacceptable and unfounded. On the contrary the Bolivarian government of Venezuela has amply demonstrated that it possesses a solid system of constitutional guarantees to preserve the unconditional respect for fundamental human rights, as has been recognized by the United Nations in multiple instances.
In contrast, the whole world expresses its constant concern at repressive practices exercised by the United States, among them, the violation of human rights in the illegal prison in Guantanamo Bay, the massacres of civilians committed by unmanned aircraft (drones) and the unfortunate persecution unleashed against Edward Snowden, victim of the most ferocious repression, for exercising his right to dissent and denounce practices of the Government of the United States that violate, among others, the right to privacy of all individuals in the world, as enshrined in article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; in addition to the blatant intent to violate the rules governing the right to asylum, widely recognized by civilized nations.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reiterates that—as has been expressed by the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro-Moros—it can only build a good relationship with the Government of the United States, by practicing mutual respect and absolute and total recognition of the principles of sovereignty and self-determination.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will never accept interference of any type in its internal affairs. Given the support of the Department of State to the interventionist agenda raised by the candidate of Ambassador, Samantha Power, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela terminates the processes initiated in the Guatemala talks, which had as its object the regularization of our diplomatic relations.
Caracas, 19 July 2013