About 14 U.S. Congressmen oppose sanctions against Venezuela

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A group of senators insisted that the United States should expand relations with Latin America, as have other powers (photo: File)

About 14 Democratic lawmakers today expressed their opposition to any sanctions against Venezuela that are discussed in the U.S. Congress, hours before a vote on the issue in the House of Representatives scheduled for Wednesday.
Correspondent teleSUR in America, Esther Yanez, reported that the legislature group sent a letter to President Barack Obama for the White House to refrain from punishing Venezuela, since if you do “this only caldearía relations between the two countries” .
The reporter also said that “the congressmen said that violence has declined in Venezuela in recent weeks (…) why unilateral sanctions should be avoided.”
In the letter to Democratic lawmakers head of state recommended that the White House should expand its policy and foster better relations with Latin America, following the example of other powers that have radically changed to strengthen their bilateral relations in a positive exchange.
The senators referred to recent statements by Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Roberta Jacobson, “saying that this is not a conflict between the U.S. and Venezuela, but an internal conflict in Venezuela,” which is a unilateral problem.
The paper also categorically reject the execution of violent acts in the country. “We condemn the acts of violence that have occurred recently in the country which have been linked to security officials,” says the letter.Besides Congressmen praised the mediating action of South American regional organizations in the peace process. “We are encouraged that through the mediation efforts led by the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Vatican dialogue process has been maintained.”