President Diaz-Canel stresses Cubans' support for Venezuela

President Miguel Diaz-Canel highlighted in Twitter this Wednesday that thousands of Cubans have signed a statement of support for the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela, which Caracas will present at the United Nations.

Unconditional support for the heroic and brotherly people facing the aggressive US policy, Diaz-Canel underlines in a tweet.

On Tuesday, Venezuelan Ambassador to Cuba, Adam Chavez, received the signatures collected in workplaces, study centers and other Cuban sites that will accompany the letter of millions of Venezuelans addressed to the world body.

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Venezuela Urges the World to Support Peace Dialogue

Participants to the dialogue table reiterated that all political parties who prone transparency and understanding to solve the country's problems are welcome to join the dialogue.

The National Dialogue Roundtable in Venezuela, constituted by members of the constitutional government and representatives of the opposition, urged Tuesday for the international community to support the peace and understanding initiatives.

The participants reiterated in a statement that all political factions are working hard to reach a diplomatic solution to all internal problems. They also invited the European Union and the other international institutions to contribute to the collective effort.

"The spirit of this national table is inclusive, open, and transparent. It invokes the openness and calls on all national political actors to participate and at the same time, shows timely and necessary results to generate the confidence and progress that the country requires," it read.

The members of the political parties affirmed that the main goal is to make proposals to specific issues faced by the country hit by an economic crisis, mainly generated ​​​​​by the illegal economic blockade, unilaterally imposed by the United States since 2016.

"The national roundtable is open to the incorporation of the different national actors. It also invites the International Community to accompany and comprehend this mechanism, with an open vision and with greater transparency by those who have shown a genuine concern for the well-being of our country," the statement concluded.

Since its starting, partial agreements have been reached such as the incorporation of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and allied factions back to the National Assembly; along with revision and adjustments to electoral guarantees, and appeals to the justice system to agree on measures of benefits for some detained citizens.

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Turkey welcomes Maduro’s pact with Venezuelan opposition groups

Turkey on Tuesday voiced support for a series of agreements Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed with some opposition factions on Monday.

The agreements included the return of the government's deputies to the opposition-controlled legislature and the establishment of a national dialogue platform for ongoing negotiations.

"I welcome the signing of the agreements reached at the dialogue table with the opposition," Maduro said in a Facebook post in which he shared a five-page document signed by Venezuelan officials and representatives of minor opposition parties.

The signatories did not include Juan Guaido, the U.S.-backed opposition leader who announced Sunday that negotiations with the Maduro administration were dead. The agreement marks the first significant split in the Venezuelan opposition.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry reiterated in a statement Tuesday Ankara's support for a principled approach seeking a sustainable solution to the crisis through political dialogue in line with the will of the Venezuelan people.

"With this understanding, we welcome the agreement reached between the Venezuelan Government and some opposition parties in Caracas yesterday (16 September)," the Foreign Ministry said.

"We think this is an important and encouraging step toward a solution. In terms of maintaining social, political and economic stability in Venezuela, it is of great importance that all parties support this promising initiative," the statement added.

The talks agreed to on Monday will focus on reforming Venezuela's electoral board as well as finding a solution to the impasse caused by the creation of a pro-government constitutional assembly to rival the opposition-controlled congress.

Venezuela's government said Monday its deputies will return to the opposition-controlled legislature, which they walked out of three years ago.

"In the interests of deepening and extending the dialogue... the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and its allied factions will return to the National Assembly," said communications minister Jorge Rodriguez.

Deputies from the ruling Socialist Party walked out of the National Assembly in 2016 after losing control in elections, and the government set up its own body, the Constituent Assembly.

Guaido, the speaker of the National Assembly, earlier this year declared himself interim president with the backing of the United States and other western powers, saying elections that returned Maduro to power had been undermined by fraud.

The National Assembly has maintained its composition of 112 opposition lawmakers and 55 government loyalists.

On Sunday, more than five weeks after Maduro's government pulled out of Norwegian-mediated negotiations to seek a way out of Venezuela's crisis, Guaido said that talks had collapsed.

The government and the opposition, which is seeking Maduro's resignation, launched the talks in July. The negotiations followed a previous round of talks in Oslo in May.

Maduro called off the talks, which were initially held in Oslo and then moved to Barbados, on Aug. 7 in response to U.S. sanctions against his government.

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Venezuelan Analyst Warns of Opposition Attacks

Caracas, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan analyst Juan Martorano warned that the opposition right-wing and the United States will continue their destabilizing actions in the country and urged the people to remain united in the face of these threats.

In an interview reproduced by LaiguanaTV, the lawyer and human rights activist also said that a 'black September is predicted, because the enemies of the Bolivarian government will multiply their efforts to submerge the country in an authentic bath of violence and blood.'

He warned the actions will go from the dissemination of fake news to sabotage of public services and increased pressure from international organizations.

Martorano called Venezuelans to be conscious and mobilized in the face of these attacks that seek to impose chaos on the nation and attempt to oust President Nicolás Maduro.

He also affirmed that the United States will take advantage of the next United Nations General Assembly to promote an political escalation against Venezuela and other countries, among them Cuba, Nicaragua and Bolivia.

However, the analyst believes that the US strategy to dominate Latin America is doomed to fail and that the political situation in the region is beginning to reverse with an eventual return to power of progressive forces in several nations.

In recent weeks, Washington-led aggression against Venezuela have intensified, with the support of Colombia.

Faced with this situation, the Venezuelan Government took contingency measures to defend its sovereignty against a possible military attack on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, including the deployment of more than three thousand troops in that area and the beginning of the Sovereignty and Peace military drill.

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Venezuela denounces errors in Bachelet report before the United Nations

Geneva, September 11 (RHC)-- During the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Venezuelan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Yanez, denounced the inaccuracies and the errors in the report sanctioned by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on the reality of his country.

The Venezuelan official objected to the methodology used to prepare the document presented at the Council on July 5, suggesting it incites misinformation about the reality of the South American country, already affected by the coercive measures applied by the United States. 

“The material suffers from methodological flaws that result in biased information feeding the media campaign against Venezuela," the diplomat said.  He also pointed out that “the report ignored the information gathered by the high commissioner herself during her visit to the country, but was based on 558 interviews, of which 460 were conducted outside Venezuela, in other words, 82 percent of the sources consulted do not live in Venezuela."

Yanez condemned the decontextualized facts the document reported.  The facts in question were never verified by the commission sent by Bachelet more than three times to Venezuela. 

Regarding the consequences of the "criminal unilateral coercive measures" imposed by the United States, the vice-minister recalled that these sanctions on the nation and its people cause "death, pain and suffering" among Venezuelans, in addition to depriving the State of essential resources to access medicines, food, and others Priority goods. 

Yanez finally said that the administration of President Nicolas Maduro values ​​the illustration in the report of the impacts of the blockade, but he warned that if a country should be brought to justice for the violation of human rights, then it should be the United States.

To conclude, the representative of Venezuela asked Bachelet to abide by objectivity, impartiality, and non-selectivity to inform about the reality of the country.  

During Bachelet's official visit to Venezuela in June, the commissioner heard the personal testimonies of victims of opposition violence and received 123 documented cases of citizens who were lynched, beheaded and killed by them in protests of 2013, 2014 and 2017. The commissioner, who is the ex-president of Chile, had promised to incorporate them in her report but didn’t make the final cut.

The document which "should have clearly condemned the violence by extreme-right opposition leaders and the calls for foreign intervention Venezuela," Alfred de Zayas, an international human rights lawyer, and former OHCHR consultant, said. Zayas, a world-renowned international conflict and justice negotiator called the final draft a "disappointment and a "missed opportunity" for peace for Venezuelans.

Edited by Ed Newman
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"Cuba doesnot betray its Brothers": Ratifies Support for Venezuela

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc received Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz in Hà Nội on Tuesday, pledging to encourage Vietnamese firms’ investment in the Caribbean nation.

Welcoming the delegation to Việt Nam for a meeting of the Việt Nam-Cuba Intergovernmental Committee, Phúc said Việt Nam was delighted at the socio-economic achievements Cuba had obtained recently, noting that the two peoples had a special and faithful relationship that was increasingly consolidated.

Minister Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz vowed every effort to help the inter-governmental committee work effectively.

He said although the Cuban economy was facing numerous difficulties due to sanctions, it was still striving to move forwards. He also appreciated Việt Nam’s rice supply for his country and expressed his hope that the Vietnamese Government would create conditions for businesses to continue the provision.

Highlighting both countries’ resolve to raise bilateral trade to US$500 million in 2020, the official said Cuba wanted to boost exports to Việt Nam, especially healthcare services and biological products, and also wished to attract more investment from the Southeast Asian nation as there are many Vietnamese firms operating effectively in Cuba at present.

Cuba was considering mechanisms and policy improvements to better its investment climate and attract more foreign investment, he noted, adding that as Việt Nam was experienced in agriculture, his country hoped Việt Nam would assist in this field.

As the two countries mark 60 years of their diplomatic relationship in 2020, they should work closely together to organise many practical celebratory activities so as to further promote the traditional friendship, Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz said.

He added Cuba highly valued Việt Nam’s growing role and stature, especially when Việt Nam will serve as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2020-21 and the ASEAN chair next year.

At the reception, Phúc said the Communist Party and people of Việt Nam always kept in mind the strong support and wholehearted assistance from the Communist Party and people of Cuba during the struggle for national independence and reunification in the past as well as the building of a socialist nation at present.

Việt Nam would continue to work closely with Cuba to ensure stable rice supply and promote its investment in the Caribbean country, he affirmed.

Regarding agricultural co-operation, Việt Nam was ready to assist Cuba on the basis of the latter’s potential and advantages, he said, welcoming Cuba’s intention to boost the export of healthcare services to Việt Nam.

The PM also asked the two countries’ ministries and sectors to continue researching solutions to advance bilateral relations in a result-oriented manner.

He stressed that Việt Nam always supported the Cuban people’s just fight and consistently advocated Cuba’s stance at UN forums.

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No More Trump Campaign reaches 11 million Signatures in Venezuela

Caracas, Sep 10 (Prensa Latina) The 'No more Trump' global campaign, in repudiation of the US-imposed blockade against Venezuela, has gathered 11 million signatures in this South American nation, President Nicolas Maduro reported.

During a meeting of the National Defense Council held on Monday, the head of State noted that the Venezuelan people had signed in rejection of Washington's coercive measures, which generate millions in losses, as well as difficulties in purchasing medical supplies and food to meet the needs of the nation.

In early August, through an executive decree, the Trump administration approved new restrictions against the Bolivarian Republic, ordering the freezing of all Venezuelan assets in the US, as well as banning commercial and financial transactions.

In response to this new onslaught, a global campaign to collect signatures has been carried out since August 10. The letter of condemnation and accompanying signatures will be handed over to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is urged to speak against the US government sanctions.

With a walk and bike ride, Venezuelans expressed their rejection of the executive order signed by the US president and assured they would not allow this imperialist offensive to cut short the process of freedom achieved until now.

Social and political movements from several countries have joined the campaign, which will conclude September 10.

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Cuba launches anti-Trump signature drive in solidarity with Venezuela

According to Xinhua, signatures collected in Cuba this week will be added to millions of signatures already collected in Venezuela as part of the "No More Trump" campaign to raise awareness about the impact of Washington's sanctions on the economy of the South American country.

"Cubans will join signature drive demanding the end of the brutal aggression on Venezuela," Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said via Twitter.

Consuelo Baeza, a leader of the Workers Central Union of Cuba, said the measure also aims to signal that Havana's close ties to Caracas "will remain unchanged despite the attacks and threats" of the Donald Trump administration.

More than 10 million Venezuelans have signed a letter that will be delivered to the secretary-general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, denouncing coercive U.S. tactics and claiming the right "to live in peace without foreign interference."

Sanctions barring Venezuela from carrying out trade and financial transactions have made it difficult to import basic foods and medicines.

The White House backs Venezuela's far-right opposition and its bid to oust Maduro from power.

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