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Sun Feb 10, 2019, 09:16 PM

Alea Jacta Est! ('"The die is cast")

Alea Jacta Est!
By Idriss Jazairy

Idriss Jazairy Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on the Adverse Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures

GENEVA, Feb 4 2019 (IPS) - The count down towards a tragic outcome in Venezuela has started. All outside powers express what they say is a shared concern for its peace-loving people that has the misfortune of sitting on what is maybe the largest oil reserves in the world. The problem is that geopolitics lead groups of foreign countries to express different, not to say opposed recipes as to how democracy can be restored and happiness pursued in Venezuela and want to make their own views prevail in this divided country.

Divided the country has been indeed for quite some time. Of course circumstances have not been clement, both political and economic, what with institutional breakdown, the collapse in oil prices and the increasingly stiflling unilateral sanctions which have targeted Caracas.

But governance has also been found badly wanting, in a context of increasing violence on all sides. Incidentally, recent debates seem to imply there are three sides to the domestic dispute and forget the fourth, the millions of Chavistas themselves who can only be ignored at the peril of peace.

When stakes and passions are high, itís hard for independent well-wishers to find Ariadneís threat to safety. Of course, states are not entitled in international law to inflict unilateral sanctions to bring about regime change in other states.


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