18 Dic Ambassador Vecchio: VERDAD Act Ratifies U.S. Support for President Guaidó and Strengthens Humanitarian Aid for Venezuela
(Washington, 12.17.2019).- The Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, reported that, according to U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Marco Rubio, the Emergency Relief, Assistance and Development for Democracy in Venezuela (VERDAD) Act would be approved this week, which «will strengthen the mechanisms and measures of pressure against the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro, ratify the North American support to the interim government of the President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, and add $400 million dollars to the mechanisms of humanitarian aid for the Venezuelan people.”
Ambassador Vecchio recalled that since the beginning of his administration he has worked in all instances with the U.S. to achieve the cessation of usurpation, the removal of the dictator and to end of suffering for the Venezuelan people, generated by the criminal dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro.
«One of those undertakings has been with the United States Congress, and with the joint leadership of Senators Bob Menéndez (Democrat) and Marco Rubio (Republican), whom we deeply thank for all their bipartisan efforts for the humanitarian and freedom cause of the Venezuelan people.
Vecchio explains that the VERDAD Act strengthens the U.S. response to Venezuela’s growing humanitarian crisis and its impact on neighboring countries by providing $400,000,000 for Venezuelan migrants and host countries. It reaffirms U.S. support for interim President Juan Guaidó and the democratically elected National Assembly, restricts entry into the U.S. to family members of officials and collaborators of the Nicolás Maduro regime sanctioned by the administration of President Donald Trump, advances the coordinated international effort for a post-Maduro Venezuela, and finally, requests a report to ensure accountability for crimes against humanity committed by the Maduro regime.
The Venezuelan diplomat emphasized that the VERDAD Act institutionalizes pressure mechanisms against Maduro’s dictatorship and its collaborators, such as Russia and Cuba; while including language to extend the expiration of the Venezuelan Law for the Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society of 2014 (Public Law 113-278; 50 USC 1701) until December 31, 2023, which imposes sanctions on certain people in Venezuela who were responsible for human rights violations of demonstrators in the 2014 protests.
It is hoped that the VERDAD Act, designed exclusively to address the situation in Venezuela, will be passed in the coming days after it has already been included in the Congressional Financing Bill to be discussed this week.
Vecchio reiterated that «with the leadership of Interim President Juan Guaidó, in joint action with international pressure and that of our people demanding the restoration of democracy, Venezuela will be free!