Canada to call for action at Organization of American States meeting on Venezuela

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May 28, 2017 - Ottawa, Canada - Global Affairs Canada

Canada is deeply concerned by the rapidly deteriorating political and economic crisis in Venezuela and reaffirms its commitment to the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights.

As part of Canada’s continued action, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will participate in an Organization of American States (OAS) ministerial meeting to address the concerning situation in Venezuela. The meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., on May 31, 2017.

Foreign ministers of OAS member states will explore options in support of the Venezuelan people and will seek to find solutions to the crisis in Venezuela.

Canada, along with OAS member states, has repeatedly called on Venezuela’s government to end the violence, release all political prisoners, restore constitutional order and return to democracy, including by setting an electoral calendar. We further call on the government of Venezuela to engage with the international community, particularly specialized agencies of the United Nations, to conduct an assessment of the humanitarian situation in Venezuela.

Canada has been instrumental in the passing of several statements and resolutions at the OAS supporting the people of Venezuela in their efforts to achieve political and economic reforms.

While at the OAS, the Minister will take the opportunity to meet with Luis Almagro, OAS Secretary General, who has played a key role ensuring the crisis in Venezuela remains an international priority.

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“Freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law must be protected for the people of Venezuela. As demonstrations continue across the country and tensions escalate in Venezuela, it is time for the regional community to come together and advance a strong plan to help support a return to democracy in Venezuela. Canada can and will continue to play an active role in this critical effort.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

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