The countries belonging to the Lima Group issued a statement, ignoring the illegal appointment of the members of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and rejecting the ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice of the dictatorship that violates the Constitution and threatens the return of democracy.
Following is the full statement:
The governments of Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia and Venezuela, members of the Lima Group, reject and disregard the illegal appointment of the members of the Venezuelan National Electoral Council (CNE) by a ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice, which openly violates the Venezuelan Constitution and undermines the minimum guarantees necessary for any electoral process and the return of democracy in Venezuela.
They recall that the appointment of the members of the CNE corresponds to the National Assembly, a legitimate and democratically elected body, in accordance with the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
They reaffirm their understanding that only the holding of free, fair and credible parliamentary and presidential elections, with an independent National Electoral Council, an impartial Supreme Court, as well as full freedom of the press and political participation of all Venezuelans, will ensure the conditions for overcoming the Venezuelan crisis.
They reiterate, in accordance with the XVIII Ministerial Meeting of the Lima Group held in Canada, that they will persist in seeking consensus with other international actors to mobilize a response from the international community that will contribute to the urgent restoration of democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela.