translated from Spanish: Colombia, Bolivia and Paraguay reject expulsion of EU ambassador from Venezuela

Caracas.- The Governments of Colombia, Bolivia and Paraguay on Monday rejected the expulsion of the ambassador of the European Union (EU) in Venezuela, Isabel Brilhante, who must leave the South American country in the next 72 hours by order of President Nicolás Maduro.

In the face of the interventionist, racist and supremacist actions of the European Union that attack Venezuelan sanctions, I decided to give 72 hours to its ambassador to leave the country. Venezuela must be integrity-respected as a nation. Enough of Colonialism! — Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro)
June 30, 2020

“We reject the decision (…) made by Nicolas Maduro’s illegitimate regime. We continue in our call on the international community to stop tyranny in our sister country,” the Colombian Chancellery said on Twitter.

For its part, Paraguay’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spread another message on the same social network in which it “deplores The decision of Maduro’s illegal regime to expel the EU representative in Venezuela”.

The Administration of Mario Abdo Benítez, “urges the international community to continue to work for the cessation of tyranny and to promote the return of democracy” in Venezuela.
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In parallel, the Government of Bolivia, held on an interim time by Jeanine Añez, also issued a brief statement to condemn Brilhante’s expulsion.

“The Government of Bolivia condemns expulsion (…) It also reaffirms its support for the European Union in its many efforts to achieve a peaceful and democratic solution to the Venezuelan crisis,” says the official note dated in La Paz.

Maduro gave the ambassador 72 hours to leave the country after the EU published a new list of sanctioned Venezuelan officials, including opposition dissident Luis Parra, whom officialism and a small part of anti-chavism recognize as leader of Parliament.
“He borrows a plane to leave (…) Let’s sort our things out with the EU (…) If they don’t want us to leave, if they don’t respect Venezuela, they leave,” said Maduro, who is not recognized as president by several countries including Colombia, Bolivia and Paraguay. 

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Original source in Spanish

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