On behalf of the people of Venezuela, I strongly condemn the decision of Maduro’s regime to declare the Ambassador of the European Union in Venezuela, Isabel Brihante as ‘persona non grata’ and categorically reject the threats after the protest letters of French, German, Spanish and Netherland diplomats.
This unjustifiable act does not represent the true sentiment of the Venezuelan people since Maduro is not the legitimate authority to make such a decision. It is clear that this act is the result of the new sanctions imposed by the European Union on people implicated in crimes against humanity.
It is important to note that these sanctions do not harm the people of Venezuela, but rather hold those who violate fundamental human rights to account. They are selective, measured, and designed to put pressure on those who are blocking free and fair elections and using Venezuela’s resources for their own benefit.
The Council of the European Union has spoken. Member States are united in one voice against the authoritarian regime of Nicolás Maduro. My gratitude and solidarity with the Ambassador of the European Union in Venezuela, Isabel Brihante, to whom I have told that her friendship and excellent work for the benefit of the Venezuelan people has moved us and we hope that this continues. I ask the European Union for a stronger position in favor of democracy and against the regime, including throrough more restrictive measures against criminals against humanity.
* President (E) of the Republic, Juan Guaidó *
Wednesday, February 24th, 2021