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Fine Gael support for undemocratic coup in Venezuela a disgrace – Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

6 February, 2019 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn


Sinn Féin’s Senator, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, has hit out at Fine Gael for backing a coup in Venezuela and allowing the Trump administration and European NATO members to decide Irish foreign policy.

Senator Mac Lochlainn said:

“Tánaiste Simon Coveney has today announced that the Irish Government will recognise the Juan Guaidó as the President of Venezuela.

"This is despite the fact that a Presidential Election took place in May 2018 and Juan Guaidó got 0% of the votes.

“Juan Guaidó’s self-declaration that he is the interim President amounts to an undemocratic coup. Only the Venezuelan people can decide their President and that can only be done by Presidential elections.

“Nicolás Maduro was re-elected as President by the Venezuelan people in the May 2018 Presidential election. Whether you agree or not with his policies, he is the legitimate President of Venezuela.

“The Tánaiste’s statement today, just before he arrives in Washington D.C. for meetings with the Trump administration, and on foot of pressure from NATO’s European members, is a worrying development in Irish foreign policy and adds to instability in Venezuela.

"Considering the prospect of outside military interference and a civil war in Venezuela, the Tánaiste’s statement is a disgrace and reckless in the extreme.

“Venezuela’s current difficulties are best addressed and resolved through peaceful political dialogue. Aggressive outside interference is damaging the democratic political institutions and sanctions are destroying the economy and harming Venezuelans.

“Instead of this damaging recognition of an undemocratic coup the Tánaiste should have declared that Ireland will support the efforts of México and Uruguay to find a peaceful and political solution to this political impasse.

"Instead of making reckless statements the Irish Government should instead be attending and supporting the International Conference on the Situation in Venezuela in Uruguay tomorrow.”

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