Venezuela refuses expulsion to diplomats ordered by putschists in Honduras


Caracas, Jul 22 ABN.- The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela does not recognize the order issued on Tuesday by the Honduran dictatorship on the expulsion, in a period of 72 hours, to the Venezuelan diplomatic staff, since it is not an official communication delivered by the constitutional and legal government of that country.

Following the complete text of the statement.

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela received on July 21st an absurd communication from the illegal authorities settled in the Republic of Honduras, announcing their intention of expelling all the diplomatic, administrative, technical and service staff of the Venezuelan diplomatic mission, within seventy two hours, and threatened to deny the privileges granted by the public international law to the members of the diplomatic missions.

The Bolivarian government and the international community, as a whole, do not recognize the illegal authorities who have settled as a de facto government in the Republic of Honduras and refuse to accept the content of such communication since it is not an official communication delivered by the constitutional and legal government of that country.

The Venezuelan government will use all the necessary resources to preserve the integrity of its diplomatic mission in Tegucigalpa, as well as the integrity of its staff accredited before the constitutional government of the Republic of Honduras; and it urges the public officials of the Honduran State to abstain from meting out a cruel treatment to any of the members of the Venezuelan diplomatic mission in Honduras, upon pain of falling into a serious violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations; which will entail international responsibility on the State of Honduras.

The Bolivarian government and the Venezuelan people reiterate their solidarity in this difficult historical moment to the noble Honduran people and trust that, sooner of later, their sovereign will, expressed with bravery and courage in the streets of that beautiful homeland, will prevail over the abuse of authority and the outrage of the usurpers.

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