Monday, October 30, 2017
Declaration of the Second Meeting of the Lima Group on the Situation
Mission of Canada to the Organization of American States
The foreign ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa
Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru met in New York City on September 20, 2017, following up on the Declaration adopted in Lima [the Lima Declaration], to:
the content and validity of the Lima Declaration and its commitment to redoubling efforts to achieve a peaceful and negotiated
solution to the crisis in Venezuela.
2. Regret that the rupture of the democratic
order continues in Venezuela, that its government violates constitutional norms, the will of the people and inter-American
values; represses political dissent; holds political prisoners; and violates the human rights and fundamental freedoms of
3. Condemn repression and political
persecution in Venezuela, including the decision of the National Constituent Assembly to prosecute opposition leaders for
“treason against the homeland.”
their full support and solidarity with the democratically elected National Assembly, as well as their commitment to enforce
non-recognition of the acts emanating from the National Constituent Assembly and to continue to apply the Inter-American Democratic
Charter to Venezuela.
5. Acknowledge the contribution and
agree with the concerns of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as expressed in the report “Human rights violations and abuses in the context of protests in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela from 1 April to 31 July
6. Reiterate their willingness to help create, in coordination
with international organizations and other countries, a channel of assistance to address the humanitarian crisis that afflicts
7. Recognize the initiative of the
Dominican Republic to bring together the Venezuelan government and opposition, as well as the decision of both parties to
invite certain countries to accompany this process. They reiterate that to achieve positive results, these approaches must
be developed in good faith and with clear rules, objectives and deadlines, as well as guarantees of compliance, for which
international accompaniment of this effort is essential.
their commitment as foreign ministers to keep a close watch on the situation in Venezuela until the full restoration of democratic
order in that country; and to that end, they will meet in October in Canada.
 Mexidata.info note: The commonly named "Lima Group,"
foreign ministers and representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico,
Panama, Paraguay and Peru, gathered in Toronto on October 26, 2017, to continue their evaluation of the situation in Venezuela.
Permanent Mission of Canada to the OAS, The Organization
of American States (OAS)