Dominican Republic rejected armed intervention in Venezuela

Santo Domingo, RD.
The Dominican Republic reiterated this Monday in New York its rejection of an eventual military intervention in Venezuela, although it warned about the prospects of a regional war situation due to the declarations of the Venezuelan Government in support of cross-border armed groups.

The Dominican Foreign Minister, Miguel Vargas Maldonado, expressed himself in these terms during a meeting with his counterparts from the member countries of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), who act as a consultative body for the aforementioned hemispheric defense instrument.

 This Monday’s meeting was convened last Wednesday through a resolution approved by the member countries of the TIAR in the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), in order to discuss possible solutions to the Venezuelan situation.

“We want to make it very clear, of course, that the Dominican Republic does not support or support a military intervention in Venezuelan territory,” Vargas reiterated through a document sent by the Foreign Ministry of the Caribbean country.

The senior official recalled, in that sense, that the Dominican Government mediated between the parties in conflict during the dialogue held in Santo Domingo between 2017 and 2018, which ended in failure.

Vargas considered that the TIAR makes available “a wide range of tools to undertake regional actions in favor of the maintenance of peace and security”.

However, he warned that “declarations of support for cross-border armed groups and military mobilizations made by the Government of Mr. Nicolás Maduro have significantly increased the prospects for a regional war situation.”

The TIAR, signed in 1947, is made up of 19 nations of America committed to peacefully resolve conflicts that arise between them and defend each other against any attack that an American State receives.

Vargas heads the delegation of his country that will participate in the regular session of the United Nations General Assembly (UN).