Press Release:-The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela strongly rejects, condemns and protests the arbitrary and extraterritorial actions committed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Treasury against the Executive Vice-President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Tareck El Aissami.
These actions, which seek to validate the vulgar and inadmissible existence of an imperial law, giving special police powers to US government entities, lack the minimum international legality and blatantly violate Public International Law, international institutionality and the fundamental principles that govern the community of nations, such as respect for sovereign equality and the principle of immunity of States, constituting a serious affectation and aggression against our country.
They also constitute a disgrace against a very high authority of the State and undoubtedly represent a false positive against a decent and dignified Venezuelan, the accusations against whom find no basis in reality, form a grotesque lie to which the US is accustomed to resorting in attack, and are part of an international framework to undermine a high investiture and to hinder the exercise of its functions.
The US agency, which seeks to govern beyond its territorial scope, acts with impunity hand in hand with the DEA, widely known for its blatant contribution to drug production and trafficking with the most notorious cartels in Colombian and around the world. Since the end of its relations with the DEA in 2005, Venezuela has managed to seize an annual average of 55.7 tonnes of drugs, increasing its efficiency by 60 percent, which is why the United Nations (UN) has recognized us as one of the six countries with the highest confiscation of narcotic drugs in the world, and free of illicit cultivation in the national territory. Venezuela is one of the few countries on the continent to enact a law for the interception, disablement, immobilization and deterrence of aircraft serving international drug traffic, affecting more than 100 aircraft.
The Executive Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is a prominent criminologist, renowned for his outstanding leadership of citizen security during the presidency of Commander Hugo Chávez, for his strong fight against drug trafficking and Colombian paramilitarism, which led to more than 102 drug lords being brought to justice and the handing over of 21 drug traffickers requested in extradition by the US.
This international wrong, committed by US executive agencies, is an unprecedented act in our bilateral relations. The Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Venezuela, who has dedicated his administration to subvert the legal and constitutional order of our country, attempts to breathe life into the weak and extinct extremist Venezuelan opposition to consummate a political coup against the democratic institutionality of Venezuela.
With this very serious aggression, the attempt is made to violate the sovereign sphere of the Venezuelan State, and violate the right to honour, reputation, dignity and human rights of Vice President Tareck El Aissami.
It is regrettable and highly dangerous that the US bureaucracy, in criminal conjunction with violent and extreme factors of the Venezuelan opposition, are directing the relations of the new administration to perpetuate the historical mistakes made by former President Barack Hussein Obama against Venezuela.
We are a people of peace, lovers of the principles of self-determination and respect for sovereignty, as well as attached to international law and order. With the same determination we say that we have not tolerated, nor will we tolerate any aggression against our soil, against our right to be free or against any brother born in this land of worthy men and women and heirs of the Glory of Simón Bolívar and Hugo Chávez.
Caracas, February 14th, 2017