WPF Executive Committee Statement on Venezuela

The World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" follows with growing alarm the unfolding events in Venezuela. The Forum condemns in the strongest possible terms any involvement of "el Norte" in efforts to topple the duly elected government there. We vividly remember the foreign-supported coup against the government of Salvador Allende in 1973, a coup followed by 17 years of military dictatorship resulting in a staggering number of executed and "disappeared" people. In light of the recent events in Kiev, we believe that the international community should reject any foreign engineered "regime change" under whatever pretext. We urge all participants to refrain from actions which seem to be pushing our world steadily closer to a new World War.

Vladimir Yakunin, Founding President, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”
Fred Dallmayr, Co-Chairman, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”
Vladimir Kulikov, Executive Director, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”
Chandra Muzaffar, President, International Movement for a Just World (JUST)
Hans Köchler, Founder and President, International Progress Organization
Akeel Bilgrami, Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy; Professor, Committee on Global Thought; Director, South Asian Institute, Columbia University
Come Carpentier de Gourdon, Convener, Editorial Board, World Affairs Journal
Ambassador Mussie Hailu, Regional Director of the United Religions Initiative for Africa; Founding Member of URI