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Costa Rica Calls Venezuela Process and Results “Null and Illegitimate”

“The Government of the Republic of Costa Rica does not recognize and considers void, vacated, unlawful, unconstitutional and contrary to the popular will, the convocation, process and results for the composition of a National Constituent Assembly in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”.

Thus, with that declaration, Costa Rica joined the list of Latin American countries that affirm not to be in favor of the National Constituent Assembly in Venezuela, promoted by Nicolás Maduro and that takes place this Sunday 31 of July.

The information was released by means of a press release by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores).

For its part, Peru has convened a meeting of Foreign Ministers, for August 8, to discuss and evaluate the situation in Venezuela.

Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister, Manuel Gonzalez is among the confirming their assistance, that includes the Foreign Ministers of Argentina, Brasil, Canadá, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Panama and Paraguay.

Through the communiqué, the Government of Costa Rica calls on all countries and international organizations to ignore the results and, a call to the Government of Venezuela, to recover its path of reason and listen to the clamor of its people and the international community.

“Costa Rica repudiates and condemns, once again, in the most categorical way, the brutal, methodical and systematic repression with which the Venezuelan government has responded to the protests and social demonstrations of recent months.

Our country stands in solidarity with the pain that invades the families of the deceased, as well as hundreds of people wounded and detained in Venezuela for defending fundamental freedoms, democracy and legitimately demonstrating against repression,” the communiqué continues.

Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro formally began the process to install himself as Venezuela’s dictator today.

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, convened the National Constituent Assembly on May 1, supported by Article 347 of Venezuela’sConstitution.

At that time he stated that he did not want an Assembly of “elite parties”, but that of “a Constituent citizen, worker, communal, peasant.”

This call and its process of organization occurred in the midst of a growing political crisis and social tension.

The opposition demonstrations have been almost daily in the last four months and resulting 113 people killed during the protests and about 500 opponents arrested.

In the communiqué, the Government of Costa Rica took the opportunity to reiterate that “the electoral route is the only political, negotiated and peaceful solution to the critical situation in Venezuela.”

Following is the text, in Spanish, of the communiqué:

Costa Rica no reconoce y considera nulo e ilegítimo el proceso y resultados de la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente en Venezuela

País hace un llamado a todos los Estados y organismos internacionales a desconocer esos resultados.

El Gobierno de la República de Costa Rica no reconoce y considera nulos, viciados, ilegítimos, inconstitucionales y contrarios a la voluntad popular, la convocatoria, el proceso y los resultados para la composición de una Asamblea Nacional Constituyente en la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, hoy 30 de julio.

Costa Rica hace un llamado a todos los Estados y organismos internacionales, a desconocer esos resultados y, al Gobierno de Venezuela, a recuperar la vía de la razón y escuchar el clamor de su pueblo y de la comunidad internacional.

Costa Rica repudia y condena, una vez más, de la manera más categórica, la brutal, metódica y sistemática represión con que el Gobierno venezolano ha respondido a las protestas y manifestaciones sociales de los últimos meses.

Nuestro país se solidariza con el dolor que invade a las familias de las personas fallecidas, así como con los centenares de heridos y detenidos en Venezuela por defender las libertades fundamentales, la democracia y manifestarse legítimamente contra la represión.

El Gobierno de Costa Rica reitera su convicción de que la vía electoral es la única salida política, negociada y pacífica a la crítica situación que se vive en Venezuela.

La celebración de elecciones libres, secretas, directas, universales, con observación internacional e independiente, permitiría la transición democrática que tanto anhela el hermano pueblo de Venezuela.