Canada Congratulates Venezuelans, Calls for Calm and Peaceful Resolution

April 17, 2013 - The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), today issued the following statement:

“We congratulate the people of Venezuela for their high level of participation in the recent presidential elections and for their commitment to democracy.

“The Venezuelan National Electoral Council indicates a very close result. We note that both candidates had agreed to an audit of the votes. The legitimacy of democratic governments rests on the confidence of the people they represent. Due process must take place in order for that to be achieved.

“Canada calls for a peaceful resolution to the tensions that we have seen, respect for diversity of views and space for political dialogue in this difficult environment.”

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