The Portuguese Government is following with deep concern the unfolding of events in Venezuela, and the situation of the Portuguese and Portuguese-descendant community there, having taken adequate precautions regarding the protection of our fellow citizens.

The Portuguese Government urges Portuguese nationals to take the necessary safety precautions and to follow the advice and guidance provides by our Embassy and Consulates in Venezuela.

Portugal states its firm condemnation of repression and the use of violence against the Venezuelan civilian population and demands respect for fundamental rights and liberties as guaranteed by the Constitution of Venezuela.

The Portuguese Government further states its full condemnation of any foreign interventions in Venezuela that aim to artificially and against the will of the vast majority of the population impose a political situation that prevents the Venezuelan people from freely choosing their future.

The Portuguese Government reaffirms its support to the conduction of free, transparent and just presidential elections, reiterating its conviction that any solution for the ongoing Venezuelan crisis must be political, peaceful and democratic, and in full respect of the will of the Venezuelan people.

Portugal will continue to maintain, namely within the framework of the European Union and of the International Contact Group for Venezuela, a position of defense of a negotiated solution for the crisis that guarantees the opportunity for Venezuelans to express themselves freely regarding the route they wish their country to follow.

In this context, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal will take part in the III Ministerial Meeting of the International Contact Group for Venezuela, to be held in San José, Costa Rica, on the 6th and 7th of May, where, together with its European, regional and international partners, the next steps towards the creation of the necessary conditions for the conduction of free and credible elections will be discussed.

Lisbon, 2 May 2019

 

Originally published on the Diplomatic Portal

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