The Use of "Diplomatic Means" to Force Regime Change

More Desperate Measures from the Lima Group

Picket against Ottawa meeting of Lima Group, February 4, 2019.

The Lima Group of countries[1], established to assist the U.S. in its aim of regime change in Venezuela, held its latest meeting on June 6 in Guatemala. The declaration issued at the conclusion of the meeting can be seen as yet another desperate attempt to cover up the litany of failures of the U.S. operating through its puppet Juan Guaidó and the parallel government he allegedly heads. It is full of diatribes echoing the lies emanating from the U.S that attempt to link the Venezuelan government and President Nicolás Maduro with such things as corruption, drug trafficking and "transnational organized crime" and giving protection in Venezuelan territory to "terrorist organizations and illegal armed groups."

The declaration rejects the proposal made by President Maduro on May 20 for early legislative elections to defuse Venezuela's political crisis and find a "political, constitutional and democratic path forward." Instead, the Lima Group is demanding the holding of new presidential elections to replace President Maduro, as if it is their place to dictate such things to the people of Venezuela. Elections for the National Assembly are scheduled for 2020; however for the past three years the body has been declared in contempt by the Supreme Court, and all its decisions "null and void," after it defied a judicial order to remove three deputies accused of electoral fraud in the December 2015 election, among other things.  Furthermore several of its members are currently detained, have fled the country or gone into hiding, charged with active participation in the failed coup attempt of April 30.

The declaration goes on to arrogantly call out four countries, including Cuba, "that still support the illegitimate Maduro regime," urging them to become part of the Lima Group's intrigues, which it presents as the solution to the crisis which the Lima Group is itself fuelling.

In what was said to be a secret recording that was leaked to the Washington Post and reported on June 5,  U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking to a group of people in New York behind closed doors, expresses his frustration with trying to work with the divided Venezuelan opposition. Pompeo said the U.S. strategy to get rid of President Maduro is now focused on Cuba and finding a way to "disconnect" it from Venezuela. "We're working our tail off to try and deliver that," he said.  

Just before Pompeo's remarks came to light, the U.S. had ratcheted up its punishing blockade of Cuba with an announcement of drastic new restrictions on travel to Cuba from the U.S., with cruise ships prohibited from docking at Cuban ports and a new ban on people-to-people educational and cultural trips, the most popular forms of travel to Cuba for U.S. citizens and those who depart from the U.S.

It is in this context that Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland has been deployed in the role of the good cop to try to convince Cuba that its interests would be best served by "disconnecting" from Venezuela. It is not inconceivable that Canada's suspension of visa processing services in Havana, forcing Cubans to travel to a third country for this purpose, would be used as leverage for this.

On June 7, the day after the Lima Group meeting, Freeland met in Toronto with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla. After the meeting concluded Freeland referred in a press conference to what she called "an international convergence around the need for a peaceful transition in Venezuela resulting in free and fair elections and the return to democracy," and said "Cuba will have a role to play in this." Her words were calculated to make it sound like she had succeeded in getting Cuba to abandon its principled position of upholding the Venezuelan people's sovereign right to determine their own affairs free from foreign interference to join with a gang of governments doing the bidding of the U.S. to try to overthrow the constitutionally elected president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, that the Liberal government terms a "peaceful transition to democracy." This was despite the fact that Cuba's Ministry of Foreign Affairs had made it clear in a statement issued just days before that Cuba's principled support for President Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution is not negotiable.

No matter how hard the forces fomenting regime change shout that they oppose military intervention and are working for a "peaceful transition to democracy," they are already engaging in a violent assault on the Venezuelan people in the form of the deadly economic, financial and commercial blockade that is causing people to die for lack of access to medical treatment. They are also pushing for a social explosion that will be used to justify labelling Venezuela a failed state that requires a "humanitarian intervention." It must not pass.


1. The Lima Group is a minority of countries in the Organization of American states, created for the sole purpose of regime change in Venezuela. It is comprised of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and a representative of U.S. puppet Juan Guaidó claiming to represent Venezuela.

This article was published in

Volume 49 Number 21 - June 8, 2019

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