(CARACAS) The United States denied on Thursday that it was planning a “military invasion” on Venezuela and defended its “sovereign” right to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials. It also urged the Organization of American States (OAS) to “speak out” about human rights “violations” in Venezuela.
“My government wants to make something clear here: we are not preparing a military intervention. We do not seek to destabilize the Venezuelan government with a coup d’état (…). There is not an extra-territorial component in the sanctions; they are domestic legislation,” said the interim US permanent representative to the OAS, Michael Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick’s remarks came after the speech of Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister, Delcy Rodríguez, who alerted that the US was planning a “military intervention” against Venezuela, during a Special Meeting of the OAS Permanent Council.
“We only want to prevent some Venezuelan individuals, who we believe have committed human right abuses against other Venezuelans, from traveling to the US or depositing their money in our financial system. It is that simple,” Fitzpatrick stressed.