Argentine Police Attack Venezuela's Foreign Minister

The top Venezuelan diplomat was attacked by an Argentine police officer as she tried to attend a Mercosur meeting.

A special meeting of foreign ministers from the South American economic bloc Mercosur was abruptly suspended Wednesday in Buenos Aires as the Venezuelan top diplomat Delcy Rodriguez tried to attend the gathering and was attacked by an Argentine police officer.

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Rodriguez traveled to Argentina to take part in the discussions of a beginning-of-year action plan, despite claims by Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay that she had not been invited.

The Venezuelan top Diplomat, accompanied by her Bolivian counterpart David Choquehuanca, addressed media outside the Foreign Ministry of Argentina and said she was exercising her country's full right to attend the meeting as Venezuela holds the pro tempore chairmanship of the sub-regional bloc. Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay — dubbed the "Triple Alliance" by the Venezuelan government — claim Venezuela has been suspended and that Argentina now holds the rotating presidency.

Chaos irrupted at the packed entrance of the diplomatic headquarters, where a group of demonstrators and journalists were also gathered, as Rodriguez passed through the crowd and was attacked by a police officer. The Bolivia's deputy foreign minister tried toprotect Rodriguez and ended up with a broken finger.

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister posted on her Twitter account saying she regrets such events could occur in an organization that aims to promote regional integration.

Three of the four founding members of Mercosur — Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay — have pushed for Venezuela’s suspension, claiming it had failed to comply the Ushuaia Protocol, which restricts membership to countries with “fully functioning democratic institutions,” and calls for sanctions in case of a breakdown of democracy. Uruguay, the other founding member, has not backed the suspension and supports Venezuela's right to a voice within the bloc.

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The new conservative, market-friendly administrations across the region are at considerable odds with the government of Venezuela and its socialist Bolivarian Revolution, accusing the government of President Nicolas Maduro of having political prisoners and undermining democracy.

Caracas has accused the “Triple Alliance” of conducting a coup d'etat against Venezuela and Mercosur, adding that the government does not recognize the action and considers it illegal.

Venezuela also insists that it is still the group's rotating president, a position that Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay attempted to block Caracas from taking on at the end of July. Amid the controversy, Argentina is now slated to take the group’s six-month presidency.

The move to suspend Venezuela from the trading bloc has been criticized as a political move by the right to curtail the socialist country’s influence in the region.

Venezuela entered the bloc in 2012 when most the countries of Mercosur were led by leftist leaders. However, since then a parliamentary coup in Brazil has tilted the scales in favor of right-wing leaders inside the bloc.

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Venezuela to Defend Integration at MERCOSUR Meeting

Caracas, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela, Pro-tempore president of the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR), today defends the integration and unity of the peoples in the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the block to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This was assured by the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Delcy Rodríguez in her Twitter account.

We are in the Argentinean capital bringing the message of integration and unity of Venezuela to the MERCOSUR peoples, the Rodríguez.

The Venezuelan minister criticized the convening of the assembly, carried out illegally by Argentina, 'A nation that together with Brazil and Paraguay form a Triple Alliance to attack the country and violate its legitimate rights' in the process of regional integration founded in 1991.

In the legitimate defense of our rights and interests, as well as the institutionality of the grouping, we will participate in that meeting, she stressed.

It was also announced that tomorrow she will be in Montevideo, Uruguay, where the headquarters of the MERCOSUR Secretariat is located, 'to continue the direct negotiations promoted by Venezuela for the resolution of disputes'.

The so-called Triple Alliance alleges that Venezuela has not internalized MERCOSUR regulations, which is not true because the country assumed 95 percent of the regulations, unlike founding nations such as Brazil and Paraguay, which in 25 years register an incorporation average of 50 percent.'

The Minister said that these attacks in MERCOSUR are part of a plan of a neoliberal restoration in Latin America, promoted by the imperialist right wing.

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Venezuela Wants Peace With US: Delcy Rodriguez

Relations should be "grounded on respect, equality and sovereignty between states," said Rodriguez.

Venezuela's Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, repeated Sunday that the government of Nicolas Maduro wanted to maintain diplomatic relations with the United States, grounded on mutual respect.

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“Since last year, President Maduro has stated to Barack Obama's administration his government's will to maintain relations,” she said during an interview with Jose Vicente Hoy on the public TV channel VTV.

She added that the relations should be "grounded on respect, equality and sovereignty between states—principles included in the United Nations Charter."

Rodriguez warned that Venezuela will not tolerate any interference in its domestic affairs, and called on the U.S. administration to think twice before making any move against the Venezuelan government, saying it could affect the population dramatically.

“We are aware of the moves against our people, like the economic war, the various attacks, from the media, the financial power,” she said, adding that they were all part of non-conventional techniques of war “used to defeat governments that are not aligned with the interests of the Empire.”

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Venezuelan FM Criticizes Statements of Her Brazilian Counterpart

Caracas, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodríguez rejected the statements of her Brazilian counterpart, Jose Serra, who questioned Venezuela's ascension to the pro tempore presidency of Mercosur, published today by the web portal of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Through his Twitter account on the social network, Rodriguez assured that Serra joins the insult of the international right, violates the sovereignty of Venezuela and undermines the basic principle of diplomacy of non-interference in the internal affairs of countries.

The current Brazilian Foreign Minister met with his counterpart from Paraguay, Eladio Loizaga, and considered complicated the economic and social situation in Venezuela, before advocating a change in the direction of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur).

This opinion was described by the minister as dishonest and servile to the interests especially of the Organization of American States and the US government, whose President Barack Obama declared Venezuela an unusual and extraordinary threat.

He also criticized the legitimacy of his appointment, since Serra is the chief of the diplomacy of a coupists governmental leadership.

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OAS 'Harass' and 'Delegitimize' Venezuela: Foreign Minister

Venezuela requested to reject the day’s agenda, supported by Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, but members voted in favor of moving forward with the debate.

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, or OAS, is debating whether to apply the so-called Democratic Charter to Venezuela Thursday, a move controversially requested by Secretary-General Luis Almagro.

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Venezuela requested to reject the vote, which was supported by Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, but members have voted in favor of moving forward with the debate.

The OAS is "using the body to harass and delegitimize the government of Venezuela," said Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez at the meeting. She said Almagro is directly attacking President Nicolas Maduro, clearly siding with the opposition.

The meeting could result in the formation of a "group of friends" in favor of suspending Venezuela which was proposed by Argentina Tuesday.

Almagro presented a 132-page report on the state of the Venezuela economy, politics and media at a special session. He said Thursday that democracy and human rights must not be defended when convenient, but when needed.

Facing a review of his actions as secretary-general following his call to have Venezuela suspended from the OAS, Almagro changed his tune Monday, saying he does not want to see the country suspended from the regional bloc.

"Our goal is not to castigate or sanction Venezuela," Almagro also said during Thursday's OAS meeting.

​A special session Tuesday briefed members on progress in the UNASUR-led dialogue between the Venezuelan government and opposition. Representatives overwhelmingly supported the negotiations over impinging on the country’s sovereignty.

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“Help is given, it’s offered, it doesn’t need to be a confrontation,” said the ambassador to Bolivia.

While Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has promoted talks with the opposition coalition, right-wing leaders have refused to negotiate and did not show up to scheduled meetings.

Venezuelan ambassador Julio Cesar Pineda said Thursday's meeting will demonstrate Venezuela’s power in managing diplomacy in the Americas.

Sergio Rodriguez, another Venezuelan ambassador, said that should the Democratic Charter be applied "political conditions for an intervention of any kind would be created."

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