Together with Araújo, Pompeo visited this Friday (18) the facilities of Operation Welcomed, on the border of Brazil with Venezuela. The secretary criticized the Venezuelan government and said the United States would “remove” Nicolás Maduro from Venezuela’s presidency.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Roraima
“Only the Brazil-USA partnership fears those who fear democracy. Brazil + United States for a free Venezuela”, wrote Araújo in a social network.
In a note, Rodrigo Maia said on Friday (18) that the presence of Pompeo on the eve of the presidential election in the United States does not “behave with good international diplomatic practice” and affront Brazilian foreign and defense policies.
“As President of the Chamber of Deputies, I find myself under the obligation to reiterate the provisions of Article 4 of the Federal Constitution, which list the principles by which Brazil must guide its international relations. In particular, the principles of: ( I) national independence; (III) self-determination of peoples; (IV) non-intervention; and (V) defense of peace, “said Maia.
In addition to the message on the social network, Araújo published a text on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which he states that Maia’s note is based on “insufficient information” and “misinterpretations”.
“As Minister of Foreign Affairs I also see myself under the obligation to reiterate the provisions of Article 4 of the Federal Constitution, item II, which places the” prevalence of human rights “among the principles that should guide Brazil’s international relations”, he wrote Araújo.
According to him, “the legacy of the Brazilian diplomatic tradition does not include indifference to our neighbors. In the present case of Venezuela, such indifference would be immoral and would jeopardize the security of Brazilians”.
Read below the full note released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Minister Ernesto Araújo to Operation Welcomed in Boa Vista-RR: comments by Minister Ernesto Araújo
The content of the note from the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Deputy Rodrigo Maia, when criticizing the visit made by the US Secretary of State, in my company, to the facilities of the Operation Welcomed in Boa Vista on 9/18, is based on information insufficient and misinterpreted, which I respectfully correct and clarify here.
First of all, I allow myself to point out that the Brazilian people are in solidarity with neighboring peoples and Operation Welcome represents that solidarity. The Brazilian people value their own security, and the persistence in Venezuela of a regime allied with drug trafficking, terrorism and organized crime permanently threatens that security. The Brazilian people are deeply attached to democracy and the Maduro regime is constantly working to undermine democracy throughout South America.
There is no “autonomy and haughtiness” in ignoring the suffering of the Venezuelan people or in neglecting the security of the Brazilian people. Autonomy and haughtiness do mean breaking a spiral of irresponsible inertia and complicit silence, or blatant collaboration, which, practiced for 20 years in the face of the growing misfortunes of the Chávez-Maduro regime, contributed much to this which is perhaps the greatest humanitarian tragedy already experienced in our region. The sad history of Brazilian diplomacy for Venezuela between 1999 and 2018 is an example of blindness and ideological subservience, highly damaging to the material and moral interests of the Brazilian people and to all of Latin America.
I recall that the United States of America has already donated 50 million dollars for Operation Welcomed and that yesterday, Secretary Mike Pompeo announced the donation of an additional 30 million dollars for this Operation. This is a huge amount, given that the Brazilian government has already spent 400 million dollars on Operation Acolhida. The United States has also dedicated significant amounts to help host Venezuelan immigrants and refugees in Colombia and other countries. Brazil and the United States, therefore, are at the forefront of solidarity with the Venezuelan people, oppressed by the Maduro dictatorship.
As Minister of Foreign Affairs, I also see myself under the obligation to reiterate the provisions of Article 4 of the Federal Constitution, item II, which places the “prevalence of human rights” among the principles that should guide Brazil’s international relations. I note that, on 9/16, a verification mission by the UN Human Rights Council (created with co-sponsorship from Brazil) presented a report in which it estimates that Nicolás Maduro and his regime ministers committed crimes against humanity by systematically practicing torture , murders, arbitrary arrests and other atrocities. Making human rights prevail, as stipulated in the Constitution, requires that Brazil continue to speak out, more than ever, to expose the suffering of Venezuelans to world attention and work in favor of the re-democratization of Venezuela, the only way for the return of the respect for human rights in that country.
There is absolutely nothing in Brazil’s position against the Maduro dictatorship and in favor of a free Venezuela, which violates any of the principles of Article 4 of the Constitution. On the contrary, our actions would not comply with the Constitution if we closed our eyes to the Venezuelan tragedy.
Seeking peace does not mean cowering against tyrants and criminals. National independence does not mean rejecting partnerships that help us defend our most urgent interests and our most expensive values. Promoting Latin American integration does not mean facilitating the integration of drug cartels. Non-interference does not mean letting criminals act without being disturbed. Consult the teachings of the good diplomatic tradition, consecrated in leaders such as José Bonifácio, Honório Hermeto Carneiro Leão, Joaquim Nabuco and Oswaldo Aranha, in addition to Barão do Rio Branco himself.
The legacy of the Brazilian diplomatic tradition does not include indifference to our neighbors. In the present case of Venezuela, such indifference would be immoral and endanger the security of Brazilians.
I am very proud to be contributing, together with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, under the leadership of Presidents Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump, to build a fruitful and profound partnership between Brazil and the United States, the two largest democracies in the Americas. Only those who fear this partnership are those who fear democracy.
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs