AKEL C.C. Press Office, 24 January 2019, Nicosia
AKEL denounces in the strongest possible terms the externally instigated attempt to impose on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela a government that would be subordinate to the United States of America and serve interests alien to the Venezuelan people.
In violation of the country's Constitution and every concept of respect for the will of the people expressed through elections with the re-election of Nicolas Maduro, a spokesman for the Right-wing opposition was self-proclaimedpresident of the country, indeedprojecting as a pretext the alleged restoration of the constitutional order.
The immediate recognition of the self-proclaimed "president" by the US government and certain Latin American governments fully reveals the devious plans against Venezuela with the clear goal of thecountry’s rich oil and other natural resources passing under the control of US capital. At the same time, they are aiming to destroy the example set by Venezuela in defending the rights, dignity and independence of the people against foreign aggressions. They are aiming to subdue all resistance to the plans for the military control of South America by the US and its allies.
AKEL denounces the flagrant violation of International Law and the Charter of the United Nations by the US and other countries that have proceeded to this step of intervening in the internal affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. This is a policy that is a continuation of economic, commercial and other sanctions imposed against the country in order to provoke instability and to prepare the ground even for a possible military intervention. It appears that both the US and those who are pursuing this tactics have not learnt lessonsfrom the devastating effects of their interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen.
AKEL reiterates its solidarity with President Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan people, the Communist Party of Venezuela and the forces that are defending the dignity, sovereignty and independence of Venezuela. Only the Venezuelan people have the right to decide about their leadership and future. We expect the government of the Republic of Cyprus to adopt a position basedon principles and to denouncethe flagrant violations in the internal affairs of Venezuela.