The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela most energetically condemns the policy of barbarism executed by NATO and its allies in Libya, which has plunged that brother nation in war and subverted the institutional order of that country by force.
The crime committed on 20 October 2011 against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is emblematic of the crimes perpetrated against the Libyan people by the colonialist powers throughout the months since the beginning of the war and demonstrates that what is done in that African nation is a violent policy of regime change in violation of the most basic principles of international law.
NATO’s illegal and unilateral military aggression against a country that was not making any war sets a sad precedent that could be used, at the empire’s convenience, against any other nation of the South which stands in the way of its policy of domination.
Venezuela reaffirms its absolute commitment to peace and reiterates its rejection of the culture of death imposed by the Western elites who are now burning down the world in order to monopolize the sovereign resources and wealth of peoples.
Caracas, 21 October 2011
The original communiqué “República Bolivariana de Venezuela condena crimen cometido contra el líder libio Muammar Al Gaddafi” may be read on the Web site of the Foreign Ministry of Venezuela. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com).
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