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Ecuador Demands Respect for Venezuela’s Sovereignty

The Foreign Ministry denounced the interference by countries in the democratic decisions of Venezuela.

The government of Ecuador criticized the recent move by Mercosur to suspend Venezuela Monday saying that it was a means of interfering in the internal affairs of the South American country in a statement issued by the foreign ministry.

“Each state has the inalienable right to choose its political, economic, social and cultural system without interference of any kind from another state, as an essential condition for guaranteeing peaceful coexistence between nations and consolidating peace,” the statement said.

Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa recalled in the declaration the duty of all states to adhere to the United Nations Charter and other international organizations to respect other nation’s law and democratic institutions.

The statement called on all countries to comply with “the obligation to observe conduct consistent with its international commitments to respect the sovereignty and independence of the Venezuelan state and the right of self-determination of its people.”

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