Latin American countries reject use of force in Venezuela

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, asked Venezuela on Monday not to fall into the “temptation to use force” after the confrontation between Venezuelans who tried to bring humanitarian aid and the authorities of that country on Sunday.

“I can not comment anymore because it is very polarized, and I believe that the best thing is dialogue and to remove the temptation to use force, to seek a diplomatic solution,” the president said in his morning press conference.

The border between Colombia and Venezuela lived on Saturday an atmosphere of tension and uncertainty after a confrontation between Venezuelans trying to bring humanitarian aid and the authorities of that country.

According to deputy Gaby Arellano, two trucks loaded with humanitarian aid requested by the opposition were burned this Saturday by the Bolivarian National Police on the Venezuelan side of the Francisco de Paula Santander bridge.

Questioned about this event, Lopez Obrador reiterated that it is necessary to seek a “peaceful and negotiated solution” in the case of Venezuela.

Once again, he appealed to the Mexican Constitution that urges non-intervention in foreign affairs, self-determination of peoples and peaceful settlement of disputes.

Finally, he urged the use of diplomacy. “We must establish bridges of understanding, not want to impose things, nothing by force, everything by reason and right,” he said.

The Executive of Lopez Obrador defends not interfering in the internal affairs of Venezuela based on the principles of non-intervention and self-determination of the peoples stipulated in the Mexican Constitution.

In practice, this implies maintaining the recognition of Nicolás Maduro as president of Venezuela, who attended the inauguration of Lopez Obrador on December 1.

The positioning of López Obrador seeks to recover for Mexican foreign policy the neutrality established in the Estrada doctrine, which is named after the Mexican foreign minister who designed it, Genaro Estrada Felix (1927-1932).