The Costa Rican government reaffirmed its willingness to contribute to Venezuela’s recovery of democracy through different mechanisms of international pressure.
On Tuesday, during the summit of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), 29 people linked to the Maduro regime were sanctioned, many of whom are involved in illicit activities.
“Costa Rica has joined the efforts of this body, with a view to use the institutional and peaceful mechanisms that will allow Venezuelans to regain their destiny as a democratic nation, respectful of human rights and the rule of law,” said Foreign Minister Manuel Ventura Robles.
“Unfortunately, Nicolás Maduro’s regime has robbed Venezuelans of that future, becoming entrenched in power using as tools oppression, corruption and money from illegal activities,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs in his speech.
The resolution also calls on TIAR member states to adopt immigration restrictions on those on the list, in accordance with each state’s legislation.
Chancellor Ventura said, “My country has taken this very seriously, with a view to ensuring that any action taken in this body is effective, with full respect for our legislation and procedures.
In this regard, Foreign Minister Ventura stressed that “rather than separate actions by each country, Costa Rica today celebrates the creation of a cooperation network of states in solidarity with the Venezuelan people. In the construction of these joint actions, it is essential to recognize the requirements of each State, as well as the national and international obligations, including human rights, that are imposed when addressing these issues.”
“The initiatives taken here, in this political body, must conform to international law, but also to the legal and technical requirements to impose any measure that may have the necessary restrictive effects and impact. This will sometimes require restraint, sometimes patience, but with the certainty that this will result in more effective actions, with concrete results for the Venezuelan people,” he added.
The head of Costa Rican diplomacy reiterated his country’s commitment, “to seek a solution to the desperate situation faced by the Venezuelan people. In that search, my country commits itself to make every effort so that, by peaceful means, which do not involve the use of force, Venezuelans can return to the path of well-being, freedom and democracy.”