The departure of Humberto Calderón Berti from the Venezuelan embassy in Colombia forces us to make some reflections on the current state and the direction to be followed by the Government (in charge) headed by President Juan Guaidó.
At the explicit request of our colleague and friend Humberto Calderón Berti we have waited to hear his message to the country last Friday before declaring ourselves.
First of all, we deeply regret the departure of Calderón Berti from the diplomatic corps of the Government. The participation of Venezuelans with Humberto’s moral, political and intellectual hierarchy is essential in the challenge of freedom and the physical and spiritual reconstruction of Venezuela.
Nevertheless, we fully understand that President Guaido has full powers to decide on the changes he considers appropriate in his team of collaborators, and we hope that the recommendations and concerns expressed by Calderón Berti will be heard and heeded.
We are convinced that Humberto Calderón Berti will remain at the order of the cause of freedom of Venezuela over partisan interests or subordinate conflicts, in Copei, we know him very well.
This unfortunate situation presented with the departure of Ambassador Calderón Berti should force us to reflect on the imperative need to strengthen the gregarious spirit and monolithic unity of those who accompany the route of our struggle directed by President Guaido. Our public disagreements are a cause of joy and satisfaction for Maduro and his seconds. Friendly fire, sterile confrontations, chronic questioning, primitive sectarianism and arrogant vanities only serve to weaken our chances of success and consolidate the dictatorship.
From the legitimate Copei ODCA we hope that the uncomfortable situation presented with the departure of our dear friend Humberto Calderón Berti will serve to make the necessary corrections both for those who accompany the route of liberation and for those who have the very first responsibilities of leadership: maturity and patriotism must be our premises.
As we near the end of this first year of the government headed by President Guaido, there are many achievements that we can show both nationally and internationally; we have certainly not achieved the central objective of the cessation of usurpation, the transitional government and free elections; which, far from intimidating us, should fill us with resolution and courage.
In this new stage of struggle that is approaching the political and social forces that yearn for a free Venezuela, we must remain firm and united around President Guaidó and his leadership; to act otherwise would be a historical contradiction and an irrational self-destructive behavior.
Only united and mobilized can we conquer victory. Strength Venezuela!
National General Secretary.