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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

US asks Colombia to point out countries violating democratic norms

The United States today stressed that it respects each country’s sovereignty in foreign policy and the design of its relations, but is working with its allies from Colombia to “hold accountable governments that violate democratic norms”. urged.

A day after the first meeting between the presidents of Colombia and Venezuela, Gustavo Petro and Nicolás Maduro, State Department spokesman, Ned Price, along with their allies from Bogota, “in multilateral fora, a hemisphere democratic and advocating a common task.” Urged to prosper.

According to Price, this work should also serve to “hold accountable governments that violate democratic rights and democratic norms, including norms enshrined in the Inter-American Charter.”

The Inter-American Charter is a tool adopted in 2001 to promote democratic principles among the states of the region.

Petro was at the high point of the process of normalizing bilateral ties with Maduro in Caracas yesterday, but he also offered Venezuela a return to the Andean Community of Nations (CAN) and the Inter-American Human Rights System.

According to the AFP agency, Price said Maduro’s policies – whom Washington does not recognize as president because it considers his re-election fraudulent – have resulted in “a poor economic, political and human rights situation” in Venezuela.

“We call on democratic governments to defend democratic norms that have been broken by authoritarian regimes such as Maduro in Venezuela,” the official said, adding that the US would “use the sovereign rights of governments to make their policy.” respects.

The spokesman stressed that the aim is to “support the democratic aspirations of the people” who have been “systematically denied those rights by the Maduro regime” and once again demanded that talks with the opposition in Mexico seek a political solution. to be started again. Since October last year.

US diplomacy chief Antony Blinken and Petro met in Colombia last month.

According to Price, Venezuela “was at the top of the travel agenda”, during which Washington thanked Colombia for hosting the nearly two million Venezuelan refugees and discussed that “we will work with Colombia to hold the Maduro regime accountable”. can work.”

Maduro is being investigated in the US for charges of crimes against humanity, he was charged with “narco-terrorism” by the US judiciary in March 2020 and Washington officials are offering a $15 million reward for him . (Telam)

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