Statement Re Venezuela

DECLARATION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF GRENADA

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, 20 February 2014 – GIS: The Government of Grenada views with increasing concern the situation in Venezuela, and the latest tendency of forces to resort to the use of violence during recent protests.

Political differences and disputes must not be done at the expense of peace and stability, and the wider cause of the nation.

Any attempts, from whichever side of the political spectrum, to stir unrest and chaos must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

It must be noted that there were two national elections within the last year in Venezuela — Presidential and Local government — and the people through democratic means expressed their support for the leadership of President Nicolas Maduro.

Democracies, committed to law and order, cannot expect to tolerate violent actions that are set to undermine gains made through the democratic process.

We therefore call on those perpetuating the violence to cease from doing so and to respect the rule of law and order; settling peacefully, any political dispute.

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