The Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela expresses its rejection of the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile today through which it questioned the agreements endorsed by the National Assembly and the National Electoral Council of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela expressing their rejection of the pretension of the Chilean Senate in meddling in the domestic affairs of Venezuela and creating doubts on its democracy, its institutions and its electoral processes.
The government of the Republic of Chile, through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, elevates a matter before an honorable and sovereign parliament as is the National Assembly of Venezuela, on formal issues, also pretending to give lessons on manners and showing a particular sense of decorum that does not correspond to the seriousness of the facts that caused the controversy.
The Bolivarian Government of Venezuela ratifies its claims to the government of the Republic of Chile and its institutions to absolutely respect the sovereignty of Venezuela and the democratic functioning of its institutions. Also, Venezuela will not accept any kind meddling into the domestic affairs of the country and manifests its conviction that only a respectful attitude towards the institutions, authorities and legislative power of Venezuela can serve as the basis for mutual respect. We urge the Chilean government to make an effort to preserve the spirit of good coexistence.
The world knows the transparency and efficiency that the Venezuelan electoral system has shown during the last eleven years. The range of its electoral observation programs is internationally recognized. Therefore, the Bolivarian government of Venezuela supports the Venezuelan institutions in not serving as a platform for politically motivated shows headed by foreign actors, pretending to question the strength of the democracy of the homeland of the Liberator Simón Bolívar.
Caracas, July 17, 2010
Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs / July 17, 2010