Chairman of Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) and former prime minister (PM) Pushpa Kamal Dahal did not consult the other chairman and PM KP Sharma Oli before releasing the press statement condemning the United States of America accusing it of attempting an imperialist coup in Venezuela.
“Communist Party of Nepal issues this statement in support of the people of Venezuela, the sovereignty of the state and the recognition of democratically elected constitutional President of Nicholas Maduro,” the press statement issued in the name of Chairman Dahal on Friday read, “Communist Party of Nepal also strongly denounces the US and its allies intervention in the internal affairs of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela with the intention of increasing the violence by diving the people and challenging democracy, sovereignty and peace.”
PM Oli claimed that he was unaware of the press statement issued when he was abroad.
PM Oli, who returned home on Saturday after taking part in World Economic Forum in Davos, was asked about the press released issued by Dahal at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Responding to media persons, Oli said that he has yet to learn about the issue.
“I’ve heard about it but I have just reached,” he said.
The foreign affairs advisor to PM Oli, Rajan Bhattarai, who accompanied the PM during his Davos meeting clarified that the two chairmen could not consult on the latest political development in Venezuela as PM Oli was participating in the Davos meeting.
“PM Oli was in Davos to take part in the World Economic Forum. He did not get time to know much about recent political developments in Venezuela,” Bhattarai said, “The two chairmen will hold discussion on the issue.”
In the press release, Dahal had accused the US of trying to create chaos and violence in Venezuela by putting inhuman economic sanctions and threatening military intervention. “It’s a serious challenge to the UN Charter and Principle of peaceful co-existence. Therefore, we call the US and other countries to respect the principle of noninterference, national sovereignty and peaceful co-existence.”
Juan Guaido on January 23 declared himself interim president claiming that the constitution gives him, as president of the congress, the authority to take over as interim president and form a transitional government until he calls new elections. The US and 16 nations of the Organization of American States immediately recognized Guaido as interim president.
Dahal had also appealed to the international community including the UN to stand in solidarity with the people of Venezuela in their struggle to defend the national and people’s sovereignty.