Official Statement- Panama and the Lima Group condemn the actions of the Nicolas Maduro regime.

The Governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, members of the Lima Group, in their commitment to contribute to the process of democratic transition and the institutional, economic and social management of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, state the following:

  1. They condemn the deliberate actions of the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro that, without considering the suffering of the population or the insistent calls of the international community, have prevented, on February 23, the entry of basic necessities and international assistance, through acts of violent repression that resulted in multiple injuries and deaths on the border with Colombia and Brazil, all of which have aggravated the risk faced by the lives, dignity and integrity of Venezuelans.

  2. They express their solidarity with the Venezuelan people and recognize their courage in their struggle to recover democracy, and reiterate the commitment of the Lima Group to continue supporting it actively in this effort.

  3. They denounce to the international community the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro for intentionally subjecting Venezuelans, and in particular the most vulnerable population, to a systematic deprivation of food and medicines, and access to basic services, to ensure their permanence in the power.

  4. They express their gratitude for the humanitarian assistance made available to Venezuela, and condemn the indiscriminate violence used by the security forces and armed groups at the service of the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro to obstruct their distribution and to prevent the full exercise of the rights of the Venezuelans. As a result, they will collaborate to bring those responsible for these acts to justice.

  5. They decide to request the International Criminal Court to take into consideration the serious humanitarian situation in Venezuela, the criminal violence of the Nicolás Maduro regime against the civilian population, and the denial of access to international assistance, which constitute a crime against humanity , in the course of the procedures that it advances under the request submitted by Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay and Peru on September 27, 2018, and subsequently endorsed by Costa Rica and France, and welcomed by Germany.

  6. They decide to promote the designation by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations of an independent expert or of a commission of inquiry on the situation in Venezuela, following the deep concern over "the serious violations of human rights in the context of a political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis "in that country, expressed in Resolution A / HRC / RES / 39/1" Promotion and protection of human rights in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela "of September 26, 2018; and reiterate their call to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to respond promptly to the situation in that country, prior to the presentation of her comprehensive report at the forty-first session of the Human Rights Council.

  7. They state the irreversible nature of their commitment to democratic transition and the institutional, economic and social reconstruction in Venezuela, highlighting that the permanence of Nicolás Maduro and his illegitimate regime in power represents an unprecedented threat to security, peace, freedom and prosperity throughout the region, which is why they are promoting the discussion of the current situation in that country in the Security Council of the United Nations, and will continue to address it in the Organization of American States. Likewise, they will advance direct negotiations with the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization so that, in accordance with their competences, they can promote the activation of the United Nations System in relation to what is happening in Venezuela.

  8. They express their satisfaction at the growing number of States that have recognized the constitutional authority of the National Assembly and the President-in-Charge, Juan Guaidó, and invite those States and the international community as a whole to join the Lima Group's commitment to the transition democratic and with the immediate provision of humanitarian assistance, adhering to the Declaration of Ottawa by Venezuela. In this sense, they decide to intensify the efforts of the Lima Group at the international level, establishing all the necessary contacts and coordination, including special missions, to publicize the efforts and actions that the Group has undertaken to help restore democracy and democracy. the constitutional order in Venezuela.

  9. They resolve to maintain permanent coordination with the representatives of the government of the President-in-Charge, Juan Guaidó, both in their bilateral relations and in the international organizations to which they belong and in the multilateral forums in which they participate, with a view to the return of democracy, the reconstruction economic, and the immediate attention of the humanitarian crisis. As such, they will promote their recognition in international organizations and in multilateral coordination mechanisms, as legitimate representatives of Venezuela.

  10. They decide to advance in the recognition of the representatives of the President in Charge, Juan Guaidó, in accordance with their internal procedures.

  11. They reiterate their call to all members of the National Armed Forces to recognize the President in Charge, Juan Guaidó, as their Commander in Chief, and exhort them, faithful to their constitutional mandate to be at the exclusive service of the Nation and not to that of a person, cease to serve as instruments of the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro for the oppression of the Venezuelan people and the systematic violation of their human rights.

  12. Urge members of the Judiciary and the Venezuelan Justice System, including those who have been irregularly designated as such, to recognize the legitimate authority of the National Assembly and the President in Charge, Juan Guaidó, and to respect the full exercise of their constitutional powers , in order to facilitate the democratic transition and the restoration of the Rule of Law in Venezuela.

  13. They appeal to the nations that still maintain cooperative ties with the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro to help facilitate the search for solutions that open the way for democratic transition and the convocation of free, fair, transparent and credible elections.

  14. They offer their strong support to the Agreement for the promotion of the Country Rescue Plan, adopted by the National Assembly on January 29. In this regard, they express their willingness to convene an international conference, and request the Inter-American Development Bank to lead the accompaniment of the legitimate authorities of Venezuela in the implementation of the institutional and economic reforms they deem necessary to reactivate the economy and offer opportunities of social progress for all Venezuelans

  15. They reaffirm the right of all Venezuelans to live in democracy and freedom, and therefore, reiterate their support for the holding of free and fair elections, open to the participation of all political forces, with international accompaniment and observation, organized by an authority neutral and legitimately constituted electoral. For these new democratic elections to be held, they demand the immediate departure of Nicolás Maduro and the cessation of the usurpation, respecting the constitutional authority of the National Assembly and the President in Charge, Juan Guaidó.

  16. They reiterate their conviction that the transition to democracy must be conducted by the Venezuelans themselves peacefully and within the framework of the Constitution and international law, supported by political and diplomatic means, without the use of force.

  17. They agree to reaffirm and follow up on the measures adopted by the Lima Group previously; offer all its support to the design and execution of the electoral calendar established by the National Assembly and the President in Charge, Juan Guaidó; and to urge the international community on the urgent need to allow the entry of humanitarian assistance for the Venezuelan people

  18. They salute the offer of the Government of the Republic of Chile to host the next meeting of the Lima Group on a date to be determined.

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