Authorities of the People’s Power met at The Hague with the Prosecutor of the ICC

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela informs the Venezuelan people and the international community that, on November 4th, 2020, at the request of Venezuela, a very successful meeting was held at the International Criminal Court headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, between the highest representatives of the People’s Power, citizens Tarek William Saab, Attorney General of the Republic And Alfredo Ruíz, Ombudsman, with the Prosecutor of the ICC, Ms. Fatou Bensouda. This historic meeting also served to strengthen the ties between the system of the International Criminal Court and Venezuela, as a State Party, which, with the advent of the Bolivarian Constitution, was one of the fist States, and the fist in Latin America, to sign the Rome Statute in 1998 and to ratify it in 2000, aware of the severe crimes against humanity that occurred in world conflagrations and then in internal conflicts suffered even by the closest brotherly nations. During the meeting, Venezuela reiterated that, since its origins, it has made clear its recognition, respect and support for the International Criminal Court, as well as its undelayable evolution for the sake of the genuine values of justice and all humankind, having the opportunity to exchange views on issues of mutual interest. In this sense, Attorney General Tarek William Saab extended an invitation to Prosecutor Fatuo Bensouda, to visit Venezuela soon, in order to strengthen the collaboration and joint work between the Venezuelan State and the ICC. On November 5th, 2020, Ms. Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, has kindly informed through the media, the status of the matters under her knowledge regarding Venezuela, identified as Venezuela I (2018) and Venezuela II (2020), as she previously did through communiqués addressed to the Minister of the People’s Power for Foreign Relations, indicating that both matters are still under Preliminary Examination. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, convinced that justice, truth and dignity of the Venezuelan people will prevail in both situations, it reiterates its unwavering commitment to the protection of human rights, in faithful compliance with the provisions of the Bolivarian Constitution of 1999. In this respect, Venezuela celebrates this new stage of closeness and exchange with the International Criminal Court, particularly with its Prosecutor, and hopes to receive the visit of Dr. Fatuo Bensouda in the coming months, to thus deepen this necessary relationship and further develop the rigorous institutional joint work already undertaken.

Caracas, November 6th, 2020

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