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Venezuelan Government Rejects Attempts by Spokesmen for the Government of the United States at Meddling in Internal Affairs

The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, once again categorically rejects attempts by spokesmen for the government of the United States at meddling in the internal affairs of our country and ignoring our democratic process.

The latest statements of the Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson constitute a questioning  to the Commission of Foreign Ministers of UNASUR, who in recent days participated in numerous roundtables with broad sectors of Venezuelan society of all political persuasions, and has resulted in a resounding rejection of violence, which has been underway in the country for weeks precisely at the hands of those sectors that reject dialogue and supported the U.S. government.

All the initiatives at dialogue that have emerged in recent months are the result of the will of the National Government after conversing with all sectors of society to find solutions to the various problems we face today, while fully respecting our constitutional order. However, the statements of Ms. Jacobson constitute an incentive for the small extremist sectors, who for weeks have come to sow violence and terror throughout the population, to continue their practices in a way that completely violates the constitution and respect for the rights of all Venezuelans.

Also, we have reiterated on several occasions our desire to resume diplomatic dialogue with the U.S. on the basis of mutual respect, but the constant threat of sanctions, the manipulation of the facts and disrespect for our laws and democratic processes are merely hindering the understanding between the two governments.

The Bolivarian Government reiterates our dedication to defend peace and deepen our democratic process to the entire international community. As true Bolivarians we are convinced that the comprehensive dialogue with society and within the framework of the 1999 Constitution, passed through the support of the popular vote, is the way to resolve any disputes and problems. We will not allow interference from any country to deviate us from the path of peace.

Caracas, March 27, 2014.

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