The countries of the Lima Group said today they do not recognize the results of the presidential elections held on Sunday in Venezuela for not complying with “international standards”, and decided to “reduce the level of diplomatic relations “with that country.
The pronouncement, disseminated in Lima by the Peruvian Foreign Ministry, was signed by the Governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia.
After knowing that Maduro won a poll held with a high level of abstention, the countries of the Group announced that “they do not recognize the legitimacy”, because “the international standards of a democratic, free, fair and transparent process were not met”.
In this regard, they indicated that “they will call for consultations to the ambassadors in Caracas and they will summon the ambassadors of Venezuela to express their protest and they will present before the 48th period of sessions of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) a new resolution on Venezuela.
The Lima Group also reiterated “its concern for the deepening of the political
, economic, social and humanitarian crisis that has deteriorated life in Venezuela” which, they said, “is reflected in the massive migration of Venezuelans.”
He announced that, for this reason, he will convene a high-level meeting with authorities responsible for migration and refuge, to be held during the first half of June in Lima.
In addition, he deplored “the serious humanitarian situation in Venezuela” and said that he will convene another high-level meeting to coordinate actions on public health and strengthen cooperation to address the epidemiological emergency.
The Group reported that, in order to “contribute to preserving the powers of the National Assembly,” it will request that each country issue and update national circulars or bulletins “that transmit to the financial and banking sector the risk they could incur if they perform operations with the Venezuelan government that do not have the endorsement of the National Assembly. “
In addition, it decided to coordinate actions so that the international financial organizations try not to grant loans to the Government of Venezuela, “due to the unconstitutional nature of acquiring debt without the endorsement of its National Assembly, except when the financing is used in humanitarian aid actions”.
He also asked to “intensify and expand” the exchange of financial intelligence information “on the activities of Venezuelan individuals and companies that could be linked to acts of corruption, money laundering or other illicit behavior.”
He also urged to have an analysis of the risk of money laundering and financing of terrorism, and proposed “that countries sensitize the private sector in their jurisdictions, about the threats and risks of money laundering and corruption that they have identified in Venezuela and that affect the region. “
The Group remarked, finally, that “it will continue monitoring
the development of the situation in Venezuela in order to adopt the additional measures that may correspond, individually or collectively, to favor the restoration of the rule of law and democratic order in that country. “
Nicolás Maduro was reelected in his post after exceeding six million votes in the elections on Sunday, which were among the lowest participation in history, to attend just over 9.1 of the 20 million who were called to the urns.
His main adversary, Henri Falcón, who took second place with 1.9 million backers, said he will not know the results of Maduro’s repeated violations of pre-election agreements and demanded that the process be repeated this year.