USA*Engage Statement on U.S. Venezuela Sanctions

Thursday, 8 May 2014
Washington, DC – In a communiqué today to congressional offices, USA*Engage stated:

“Undoubtedly, the ongoing violence and socio-political division in Venezuela, as well as the difficult bilateral relations between the U.S. and Venezuela cause great concern, not least for long standing commercial activities in Venezuela by U.S. companies.

“Given the history of U.S. involvement in Latin America, imposing unilateral economic sanctions on individuals in the current Venezuelan government will inevitably prove counterproductive. U.S. government policy of some years has been not to provide any pretext to raise the specter of violations of sovereignty. Targeting individuals in the current Venezuelan government with sanctions will only elicit such a response and result in no improvement of the status quo in country.”

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