Lawmakers Reject Criticism of Mexico’s Position in Lima Group

Mexico, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Morena party MPs rejected Thursday criticism of Mexico’s principled position in Lima Group that urged to prevent the Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, from taking office. During a eventful session of the Congress Permanent Commission with senators and representatives, which will last for several days, its president, Congressman Porfirio Muñoz Ledo, defended the Mexican representative”s attitude at the Lima meeting, who rejected the group’s proposals on behalf of the government and refrained from signing the final agreement against Venezuela.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also advocated Mexico’s principled policy of non-interference and non-intervention in other states’ affairs.

However, opposition parties, led by the National Action Party, attacked Venezuela and criticized Morena’s government for its dissident attitude in Lima. Muñoz Ledo recalled during the debate that Mexico has never allowed itself to meddle in another country and that one should never give an opinion on another nation’s elections.

Senator Ruben Rocha Moya, his colleague from Morena, said that democracies are neither imported nor exported, they are built in their own people, and in Mexico we are building it and we have defeated electoral fraud, that is why Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is now the president of the Republic’, he exemplified.

Congressman Armando Javier Zertuche Zuani, also from Morena, affirmed that the government’s position is congruent with the historical principles of Mexican foreign policy, in particular the Estrada Doctrine.

The PAN positions were very different, with Senator Alejandra Noemi Reynoso Sanchez calling the government’s independent position a regression because, according to her, she has decided to reverse constructive foreign policy.

Armando Javier Zertuche Zuani, Morena’s legislator, refuted the opposition’s assertions and argued the government’s position is in line with the historical principles of Mexican foreign policy, in particular the Estrada Doctrine.

‘Mexico cannot set itself up as a judge of alleged human rights violations as a reason to qualify a government’s legality or not, for the simple reason that an infinite number of infractions were committed in this country. Mexico should use its good offices to help solve the problems in Venezuela, but in no case should it assume the role of intervenor or impose its decision’, he added.

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