The Legitimate National Assembly through the Delegate Commission, thanked the Member States of the European Union and the High Commissioner for Foreign Relations and Security Josep Borrell, for the sanctions against 19 new officials of Nicolás Maduro’s regime and declares the Representative Permanent member of the European Commission accredited in Venezuela, Ambassador Isabel Brilhante, as a friend of the Venezuelan cause for the recovery of democracy in this country.
At the online meeting of the Delegate Commission held this Tuesday, March 2nd, was discussed the agreement in support of the actions of the European Union in favor of Venezuelan democracy and in rejection of the expulsion of Ambassador Isabel Brilhante by the usurping regime of Nicolás Maduro.
The unanimously approved document highlights that the actions of the EU demonstrate once again that it will maintain its commitment to all political and civil society actors who are fighting to return democracy to Venezuela, including in particular Juan Guaido and other representatives of the National Assembly elected in 2015 and that was the last free expression of Venezuelans.
They also state in the document the rejection of this National Assembly to the declaration of “Persona non Grata” by Nicolás Maduro Moros’ regime of the Permanent Representative of the European Commission accredited in Venezuela, Ambassador Isabel Brilhante, and express their gratitude for the support and interest shown in the Venezuelan situation.
Furthermore, they declared the Ambassador Isabel Brilhante, as a friend of the Venezuelan cause for the recovery of democracy, freedom, respect for Human Rights in Venezuela and the recognition of this by the National Assembly, as the only legitimate public power in the country.
In addition, they requested that the ambassador continue to monitor the situation in Venezuela, and exert all possible pressure, as an concerned individual, throughout the International Society to communicate her knowledge of what is going on in Venezuela.
Thanks to the EU and Ambassador Isabel Brilhante
Deputy Gaby Arellano began the debate and presented the draft agreement to the Delegate Commission stating that this document reflects the sentiment of the majority. She rejected the arbitrary, unconstitutional expulsion by Maduro’s regime of the European Union ambassador Isabel Brilhante, whom she described as a woman builder of political solutions to the crisis that the country is going through.
She assured that the Venezuelan people are grateful to the EU, its governments and high commissioners for all the work they have done to achieve free, fair and transparent elections. “Unfortunately, the strategy of the genocidal Nicolás Maduro is to isolate the Venezuelan people more and more, closing our borders and peaceful solutions to this humanitarian crisis.”
She added that from the National Assembly “we say thank you to the EU and to the high commissioner that she may soon return to Venezuela to exercise diplomacy at the moment that democracy and institutions are restored in the country,” said the parliamentarian.
Venezuelans’ support for the EU
The deputy for Lara State, Luis Florido, stressed that the actions undertaken by the European Union to rescue Venezuelan democracy and restore the full validity of the Constitution deserve the support of all Venezuelans.
“These actions are not only limited to sanctions against human rights violators who unfortunately have in their bank accounts the money that is needed for vaccines against COVID-19, for universities, for hospitals, for the Venezuelan countryside, for entrepreneurs who could survive with that money and is now in the accounts of the corrupt.”
He added that the EU’s actions have also contemplated the creation and promotion of the international contact group to seek a political solution for the country and open the necessary bridges that lead to free, fair and verifiable elections.
He maintained that EU Ambassador Isabel Brilhante has undertaken an action, that he described as extraordinary, on behalf of the Venezuelan people and representing the EU in a dignified manner, for which she has the full support of the legitimate National Assembly.
He stressed that the actions of the EU, and those undertaken by the president in charge Juan Guaido and the National Assembly, through this Delegate Commission, deserve more than solely the recognition of the Venezuelan people, as well as the work undertaken by Ambassador Isabel Brilhante.
He affirmed that Venezuelan democracy requires that the world pay attention to the country, but also that formulas be explored that allow achieving the objective, a political solution, which necessarily passes through an agreement that must consider as an essential premise the holding of free, transparent and competitive elections.
Criminals Against Democracy
The deputy for Mérida State, William Dávila, said that this agreement is intended to guarantee, promote and respect human rights, celebrated the sanctions of the European Union against Maduro’s regime officials, adding to the 36 people that had already been sanctioned for a total of 55.
“This is a sanction for criminals against democracy, that is, against those who undermine the exercise of democracy, who violated human rights, who have committed crimes against humanity. So that they will not be allowed to enter at any airport, because the universal right of democracy is enshrined both in the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man of the OAS, and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations, the Universal Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Declaration of Principles of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.”
He also condemned the expulsion of the EU ambassador Isabel Brilhante and the closure of the European Union’s Office, which means restricting the right of Venezuelan civil society to have access to humanitarian and educational aid, due to an arbitrary and totalitarian reaction from the dictator Maduro.
Serious diplomatic crisis
For his part the deputy for the Capital District, Ramón López, indicated that it was evident that the European Union sanctions against “corrupt” regime’s officials of the and “sold” opposition leaders who were part of those sanctioned, took them by surprise.
“The regime forgot that in Venezuela there is a flagrant violation of Fundamental Rights, that there is a serious humanitarian and political crisis, that there is no democracy or freedom, that Venezuelans continue to flee across the borders. The regime they could cover the sun with a finger, deceiving the countries of the world and fundamentally the EU. They thought that the EU would not continue to press for the regime to sit down and seek a political solution to the serious crisis that we are experiencing.”
He said that this National Assembly is satisfied by the actions taken by the EU sanctioning these individual officials, which led them to expel Ambassador Brilhante, creating a serious diplomatic crisis. He celebrated the actions of the Foreign Minister of Spain Arancha González Laya this weekend at the Colombian-Venezuelan border, where she was able to see the tragedy of the border crossing.
Defense of fundamental values
While the deputy for Vargas State, Winston Flores, ratified that the essence of freedom and justice is nothing other than the defining exercise of human rights and that for the EU is a practice that guides its support policy in the citizen’s struggle to achieve the freedom of Venezuela.
He pointed out that the Council of the EU of the member countries uses these sanctioning measures as an essential instrument of common foreign and security policy to defend the fundamental values of freedom, security and peace, which help to consolidate democracy, the rule of law and human rights.
He highlighted the work of Ambassador Isabel Brilhante, who has raised the flag in defense of human rights, actively participates in responding to urgent food and medicine needs, and has implemented plans in favor of the most neglected women and children, and who has maintained a diplomatic balance and has set a benchmark for those actions.
“We reject the actions of Maduro’s regime and that illegitimate spurious National Assembly, which declared the ambassador a persona non grata and requested her expulsion. From this National Assembly and the interim government of Juan Guaido, we denounce these actions as diplomatic attacks against the ambassador, a friend of democratic Venezuela.”