Lopez Obrador Reaffirms Rejection of U.S. Intervention in Venezuela

Mexico, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reiterated on Friday the principles against intervention and interference in the affairs of other States, and in favor of peaceful settlement of disputes.

The Head of State made the statement in answer to a question from a U.S. journalist present at the morning conference at the National Palace, who gave his own interpretation of the Mexican Constitution, in the sense that there were aspects in the constitution that were not contemplated in the government’s position regarding Venezuela.

Lopez Obrador expressed that he could almost repeat by heart article 89 tenth fraction of the 1917 Constitution, which expresses with absolute clarity all that he proposed previously and that inspires the proposal expressed in the Montevideo Mechanism on Venezuela, that is to say, no to violence.

He said that in addition to references to interventions, interference, dialogue, cooperation for development and respect for human rights are united, which make up a set of principles that oblige us ‘to act as we are doing in the case of Venezuela, and we would do so in any other case’.

There is a polarization on this subject, there are many arguments. We are betting on dialogue, even both of us are proposing prominent diplomats with experience to intervene in the process, he said.

In our case, he added, we are proposing Bernardo Sepulveda, a prestigious ex-minister of foreign affairs, for dialogue if Venezuelans accept it. To another aspect of the North American question about the Venezuelan government’s rejection of the aid sent by the United States, López Obrador said that he could not give his opinion on those considerations but in the event that humanitarian assistance is needed, I am in favor that it is not only to that South American nation.

There is Haiti, and there are all those abandoned peoples and even millions of Mexicans who suffer from hunger. What I believe is that aid issues should not be mixed up with political issues and that they want to resolve them with humanitarian aid.

He called for the adoption of measures through the UN in such cases, for them to be channelled without political purposes, much less for force to be used; nothing by force, we do not want violence, but peace and dialogue.

Regarding his relations with the United States, he replied to a Mexican journalist about Donald Trump that the most important thing, or the best thing at bottom, is not to qualify each other, and he gave as an example the good relations between Presidents Benito Juarez and Abraham Lincoln.


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