Venezuela Condemns Brussels Bombings, Calls on International Community to Address “Causes”

The Venezuelan government issued a statement yesterday denouncing the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday and calling for international cooperation to address the causes of terrorism. 

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez (Archive)
Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez (Archive)

Caracas, March 23, 2016 (venezuelanalysis.com) – The Venezuelan government issued a statement yesterday denouncing the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday and calling for international cooperation to address the causes of terrorism. 

“Venezuela rejects terrorism in all of its expressions and makes a call to prevent the causes of this phenomenon, which subjects entire peoples to fear and violence, massively denying access to their basic human rights,” read the official statement released by the Foreign Ministry. 

The attacks targeted an airport as well as a crowded subway station near the headquarters of the European Union in the Belgian capital, resulting in 34 dead and another hundred injured. 

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombings and promised that there would be more to come. 

The communiqué went on to call for “strict respect for international law” which the Bolivarian government upholds as the precondition for “peaceful coexistence among nations, free of hate and intolerance”. 

In January, President Maduro condemned another terrorist attack in Egypt allegedly perpetrated by the Islamic State, who he accused of “receiv[ing] funding from foreign powers that cannot conceal their desire to plunder the riches of the people of the South.”

Venezuela currently holds a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council from where it has consistently advocated a diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict and rejected calls for regime change.