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Declaration of the 14th Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Lima Group

Thursday, 06 June 2019
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The governments of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela, members of the Lima Group, gathered in the city of Guatemala, and expressing their full support for the Interim President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, and for the National Assembly:

1. Strongly condemn the systematic attacks on the National Assembly of Venezuela by Nicolás Maduro's illegitimate and dictatorial regime, reject the announcement of the holding of early legislative elections, and reaffirm their full support for the end of usurpation, the establishment of a transition government and the holding of free, fair and transparent presidential elections.

2. Support Interim President Juan Guaidó in his quest for solutions aimed at the restoration of democracy in Venezuela, and highlight the importance of strengthening the call on those countries which still support Nicolás Maduro's illegitimate regime, especially Russia, China, Cuba and Turkey, urging them to become part of the solution to the crisis, which has an increasing impact in the region.

3. Denounce Nicolás Maduro and his illegitimate regime as being solely responsible for the increasingly serious humanitarian crisis affecting the Venezuelan people, and reiterate that his continuity in power is an obstacle to the restoration of democracy in Venezuela and a threat to regional peace and security.

4. Warn about the intensification of the mass exodus of Venezuelans as a result of Nicolás Maduro's illegitimate regime, which has become one of the most serious humanitarian crises at a global level, and reiterate their call on UN agencies, funds and programmes, and on the international community, to support the efforts undertaken by host countries.

5. Urge the international community to undertake action in view of the increasing engagement of Nicolás Maduro's illegitimate regime in different forms of corruption, drug trafficking and transnational organized crime, including their relatives and frontmen, as well as the harbouring of terrorist organizations and illegal armed groups on Venezuelan territory, given the impact of their activity in the region.

6. Underscore the major role of the region and the need to coordinate efforts with the rest of the international community to support the restoration of democracy in Venezuela by means of a peaceful political solution led by the Venezuelans themselves.   Thus, they welcome the meeting between Lima Group representatives and the International Contact Group, which was held on 3 June 2019, and they express their willingness to continue working together.

7. Decide to remain permanently in session and welcome the offer of the Republic of Argentina to host the next meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Lima Group on a date to be determined.