CPN reiterates its stance on ‘US interference in Venezuela’

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The ruling CPN has reiterated its stance against what it calls American interference in Venezuela and said the problem there should be resolved by the Venezuelans independently and through peaceful means.

The party’s secretariat meeting held at the prime minister’s official residence in Baluwatar on Monday has clarified the party’s stance against American interference in Venezuela, and has warned everybody concerned to not have any illusion about the issue and not indulge in misinformation about it, according to CPN spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha. The party has also stressed that there is no confusion about its foreign policy.

“Our party is committed to the UN Charter and the principle of Panchasheel (five principles of peaceful co-existence). Our party respects sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of every country,” Shrestha said briefing about the party’s decision. “It believes that there should be no external interference in internal affairs of any country, and any kind of problem in any country must be resolved by the people there in an independent and peaceful manner.”

The party has also clarified that it is for world peace, understanding and prosperity.

CPN Chairman and former prime minister (PM) Pushpa Kamal Dahal issuing a press statement on January 25 had condemned 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 January 25 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.”

In the press release, Dahal 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.

The US Embassy in Nepal had sought the government’s official position on the political developments in the Latin American country after Dahal’s statement and the Foreign Ministry on January 29 issuing a statement said the government believes that there should be no external interference in internal affairs of any country.

The US State Department also summoned Nepali Embassy in America Arjun Karki to clarify about Nepal government’s position on the issue while US Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry did not attend the government’s briefing to foreign diplomats held in presence of PM KP Sharma Oli on Thursday.

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