Statement of the sixth meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela
May 14, 2018 – Mexico City, Mexico
“Following the agreement of the Lima leaders’ declaration of April 14, 2018, the ministers and representatives of the ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Finance of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia, with the participation of Spain and, by videoconference, of the U.S. Secretary of State and senior officials of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, met to address the situation in Venezuela and the deterioration of the political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis in that country.
The participating states reiterated their condemnation of the authoritarian regime that rules in Venezuela and that has violated the democratic order, the rule of law and human rights, and that has convened an electoral process that is illegitimate and lacks credibility.
The participating states issued a final call on the Government of Venezuela to suspend the general elections planned for May 20, 2018, given that they have been convened by an illegitimate authority, without the participation of all political actors in Venezuela, without independent international observation and without the necessary guarantees for a free, fair, transparent and democratic process.
During the working meeting, participants exchanged information, analyzed the possible scenarios and identified a series of actions they could take collectively or individually in diplomatic, economic, financial and humanitarian spheres after May 20.
The participating states reiterated their commitment to continue analyzing and implementing actions and initiatives geared toward contributing to the re-establishment of democratic order, respect for human rights and the full application of the rule of law in Venezuela.”
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