The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Comandante Hugo Chávez, in the name of the Bolivarian government and the Venezuelan people strongly condemns the terrorist attack perpetrated today in the city of Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic, causing more deaths of civilians and high-ranking officials of the Syrian government.
The Bolivarian government wishes to send its most heartfelt words of condolences to the brave Syrian people, in particular the families and friends of the victims of this new crime, which has been preceded by massacres and attacks that seek to defeat the force under the command of President Bashar Assad, with names such as the “Storming of Damascus” and the “Battle of Damascus” given to this offensive that is aimed to sharpen the conflict imposed on this brother people.
The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is fully confident that the Syrian people and authorities know how to face down this campaign of violence, designed to sow terror and create an atmosphere of uncertainty in the country; at the same time the Bolivarian government exhorts the international community to refrain from any armed intervention, which would only serve to deepen the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.
The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reiterates its commitment to search for peace and supports the initiatives that seek a peaceful solution to the conflict that respects the sovereignty and self-determination of the Syrian people, condemning every warmongering and interventionist action.
Caracas, 18 July 2012
The original communiqué “Venezuela condena enérgicamente atentado terrorista en Damasco” may be read at the Web site of the Foreign Ministry of Venezuela. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com).