MADRID, Sep. 23 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, said Monday that his Government will do everything possible to overthrow the Executive of Nicolás Maduro, whom he considers illegitimate, although he has stressed that he will only try “peaceful mechanisms”, hours before the states parts of the TIAR meet in New York to decide if they activate this regional defense agreement against Venezuela.
Chile is one of the twelve countries that last September 11 agreed to convene the advisory body of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), the first step to activate the so-called Rio Treaty, which contains a collective defense clause, although the use of force is preceded by a series of political and diplomatic measures.
La Moneda's support for an eventual use of force in Venezuela has raised criticism in the Chilean opposition. “That decision shames us,” the current senator and former Foreign Minister, José Miguel Insulza, said, according to the local newspaper 'La Tercera'.
“The criticisms are totally unfounded,” Piñera said. “What is at stake is very simple: Are we to favor or facilitate the path to the Maduro dictatorship or are we to favor and facilitate the path to the recovery of freedom, democracy and respect for Human Rights?”, has raised.
“Our Government has no doubt: We will do everything in our power to end this corrupt dictatorship,” he said. “At the same time, we will be consistent with using peaceful mechanisms,” said the conservative leader.
Questioned about the words of the former Chilean president and now United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, who said that for the UN “Juan Guaidó is the president of the National Assembly and the elected president is Nicolás Maduro”, Piñera has reiterated his recognition of Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela.
Bachelet, which last June published a hard report on Venezuela in which it denounces the reduction of the democratic space and serious violations of Human Rights, will meet in the next hours with Julios Borges, one of the emissaries of Guaidó to the appointment Annual at the United Nations.