Venezuela reserves reciprocal actions before the illegal taking of its Embassy in Costa Rica

The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela informs the international community that officials accredited to the government of the Republic of Costa Rica left the country in their capacity of diplomatic officials, in accordance with the deadline established by the authorities of that country.

However, the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela denounces that the government of Costa Rica has flagrantly violated articles 22 and 25 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations by allowing, through action or omission, the violent occupation of our Embassy in San Jose.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela denounces this improper behavior by a government that promotes itself as a model of democracy and respect for Diplomatic and Consular Conventions, but which actually has created a disastrous precedent of disrespect and ignorance of International Law.

In this regard, Venezuela holds the Costa Rican government responsible for the loss or violation of the Embassy assets, files and documents, in accordance with Article 24 of the Vienna Convention.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has also decided to withdraw the diplomatic accreditation of Mr Danilo González Ramírez, who served as Chargé d’Affaires of the Republic of Costa Rica to Venezuela.

It is worth mentioning that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reserves the other reciprocal diplomatic measures that may be necessary to compensate this unacceptable aggression against the personnel and premises of the Venezuelan Diplomatic Mission to Costa Rica.

Caracas, April 16th, 2019