Congress has called on the government to promote dialogue to foster a peaceful solution to the Venezuelan crisis, instead of stoking tensions.
Ireland has joined a number of countries, including the UK, Germany, France, Spain, the US, Canada and several Latin American countries, in endorsing Juan Guaidó, Venezuelan opposition leader and president of the national assembly, who has declared himself interim president of Venezuela.
Congress is concerned at the escalation of international interference, including the possibility of military intervention, in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.
Congress vehemently rejects a militarised solution to this crisis; the people of Latin America have not forgotten the history of US-backed military rule in the region. It is our view that Venezuelans need to resolve their differences through constructive dialogue and democratic processes, without resorting to violence.
International intervention risks intensifying existing political divisions and inflaming tensions that are the consequence of the severe social and economic crisis facing the country.
Congress calls on the government to abstain from seeking regime change and intervening in the sovereign affairs of Venezuela. Instead, Ireland should promote stability through constructive dialogue with the international community.
We stand in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and support their right to peaceful self-determination.