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The march of the Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez of the residence of the Spanish ambassador in Caracas, Jesús Silva, -where he stayed for almost 18 months- led the Government of Nicolas Maduro to accuse Spain this Sunday of violating the Vienna Convention.

In a statement issued almost 36 hours after López left the ambassador’s residence for Madrid, the Maduro Executive denounced “the flagrant breach of the fundamental provisions of the Vienna Convention”, which governs diplomatic relations, by Spain, an end that a source from the Spanish mission denied to Efe.

“Unpublished” violation

According to the statement, there were “an unprecedented and continuous violation” of said convention, which “goes back, at least, to the year 2017 and has been carried out in Venezuelan territory directly by the Spanish ambassador.”

In particular, they denounce that “from inside the Spanish diplomatic residence” and “under the knowledge” of Silva, López planned at the beginning of 2020 “the mercenary operation called Gideon.”

That operation consisted of two failed raids In which 50 ex-military and ex-police officers participated, as well as two US military contractors, both former green boots.

When the events occurred, the Government stated that the purpose of this operation was to kill President Nicolás Maduro, as well as “sow violence and destabilization in the country.”

In addition, they say that “today it is clearly verifiable that the head of the Spanish diplomatic mission in Venezuela acted as the main organizer and confessed accomplice of the announced flight from Venezuelan territory” of López, without providing evidence to support this claim.

López remained in the ambassador’s residence since April 30, 2019, when he came out of the house arrest he was in, to join an attempted military uprising led by fellow opponent Juan Guaidó, whom some 50 countries recognize as the president in charge of Venezuela.

Vienna Convention

Diplomatic sources have explained to Efe that Ambassador Silva has “always” respected the established norms, as well as the customs of the country, and deny that the Vienna Convention was violated, for which they reject the accusations made in the statement.

In addition, they have recalled that the note of the Venezuelan Executive has been issued hours after the Government of Spain issued a statement condemning the arrests of personnel from the Spanish Embassy in Caracas and the searches carried out in the houses of workers assigned to it on Saturday night, on understanding that these events do violate the Vienna Convention.

A guard at the diplomatic headquarters, identified as José Jerjes Neira, who had been working with the Spanish mission for several years, was detained by the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin), the same state security agency that searched the building where the employees reside. .

Hair joins the criticism, mature does not speak

He is considered the number two of Chavismo and vice president of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), God given hair, joined the criticism of Silva about the departure of López.

“He did not flee from the Embassy of Spain, guests do not flee, I guarantee that, being a guest, the ambassador of Spain accompanied him to the door or the car that took him away, “said Cabello without arguing his statement.

However, Maduro has not spoken directly on the case, despite the fact that this Sunday he participated for about two hours in a televised event in which he announced several changes in his cabinet.

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