The Presidential Commissioner for Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Julio Borges, offered a few words at the meeting held by the president of the United States, Donald Trump and leaders of the region to address the Venezuelan crisis. In his speech, the Venezuelan diplomat asked for more pressure against Cuba for being Maduro’s base of support and insisted that in the Venezuelan case no option can be ruled out.
“There are people who are shocked when we say that no option can be ruled out. They say it is dangerous. But the really dangerous thing is that Latin America continues with that open wound that Maduro’s regime means”, said Borges.
Also, the representative of the government of Juan Guaidó requested actions on Cuba. “All countries must take action against the dictatorship of Cuba, they must feel the consequences of keeping our country kidnapped”, he said.
The Presidential Commissioner insisted that the region should pressure Europe to take pressure measures against Nicolás Maduro’s regime. For his part, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, said Maduro has sold his country to Cuba and said that the consolidation of the forces of socialism cannot be allowed.
Following a speech by the Special Commissioner for Foreign Relations of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Julio Borges, before presidents and foreign ministers of America.
(New York. September 25th, 2019)
Thanks for being here today. I should speak in Spanish, but I have decided to speak in English, because Mr. President, on behalf of the Venezuelan people, its democratically elected National Assembly and its president, Juan Guaidó, I want to personally thank you for the leadership you have shown and the difference that leadership has made. I thank each one of you for what you and your governments have done to end the suffering in Venezuela, you have helped us in our most difficult time, and that is something that Venezuelans will not forget.
Venezuela is not alone.
Nicolás Maduro and his criminal regime are responsible for the crisis that, from an economic perspective, is almost 3 times larger than the “Great Depression” and from the humanitarian point of view, it has become the second largest exodus in the world today. President Guaidó has worked closely with you to reverse this sad situation.
We have fought for almost 20 years. We have walked many paths in search of a peaceful solution, but the dictatorship has closed the door in our faces again and again.
Today, Venezuela is not asking for solidarity from passivity, it does so from the testimony of a country that continues to fight against adversity.
These sacrifices have achieved important milestones. Let’s be clear, the pressure of democratic voices has been effective. The dictatorship is fractured and weak, backed only by the Cuban regime that has tortured and persecuted our people, and our brave armed force. Commissioner Michelle Bachelet’s report exposes the repression, torture and executions that the regime conducts against civilians and members of our armed forces. In Venezuela, in the last year, the regime has executed a citizen every 2 hours.
Havana is the mastermind behind the strategy to sustain Maduro. This is why it is crucial to break the regime of Díaz-Canel, Raúl Castro and Maduro with more democratic pressure.
Our humble request to the Americas is simple:
• First. All countries in the region should impose sanctions on Cuba, it is time they understand that supporting a criminal regime has consequences.
• Second. All countries in the region should move forward, as agreed yesterday, in prosecuting and prosecuting members of the regime involved in drug trafficking, human rights violations and corruption.
• Third Maintain support for the National Assembly of Venezuela and President Juan Guaidó.
• Add Europe to enjoin more actively in the efforts to pressure Maduro’s regime.
The alliance between the regimes of Cuba and Venezuela keeps about 50 million people hostage. Many of them have had to leave their homeland to escape oppression.
We know what they have done individually and collectively, and we would not want to ask for more help, but we must do it.
I have had the opportunity to travel to the border in Cúcuta with Presidents Duke, Piñera and Abdo, with Secretary Pompeo and more recently with Ivanka Trump. I have seen them moved to tears. The stories of suffering are unspeakable.
And, it’s not just cold numbers or faceless statistics. Socialist dictatorships like those of Maduro dehumanize. With much pain we have seen how, among the most vulnerable, child prostitution has become norm, women are trafficked and sent as slaves to other countries and our people crawl through the streets of Venezuela looking for food. Maduro’s regime is a corrupt and criminal gang that turned the most prosperous country in the region into hell.
The world needs to understand that Venezuela is not a only dictatorship, it is not even a failed state. It is something worse. Maduro’s regime is a sanctuary for the promotion of terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime. Faced with this drama, there are those who are impressed when we say that no option can be ruled out. They say it is very dangerous.
However, the evidence shows that the worst thing that can happen with Venezuela is that nothing happens. What is really dangerous, and unacceptable, is to have a regime that promotes destabilization while 32 million Venezuelans die.
To ignore the crisis in Venezuela is to leave open a wound that will end up infecting the region and destroy democracy throughout the continent. As I said before, in the case of Venezuela, the worst thing that can happen is that nothing happens.
Presidents and leaders of the Americas. On behalf of the Venezuelan people, I thank you. We are close to victory.
President Trump, you have led the free world in the struggle for freedom in Cuba and Venezuela. The history and the Venezuelan people will recognize it. We will witness, 30 years after the fall of another Berlin wall, this time in America, to open a chapter of peace, progress and development for the hemisphere.
Venezuela will rise with the strength of its people, we will rebuild our nation with the spirit of a people that does not give up.
Presidents and leaders of the America. 32 million Venezuelans, 12 million Cubans are at the gates of freedom. Let’s not make them wait any longer.