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Costa Rica holds Maduro regime responsible for diplomat’s safety

April 18, 2019

The Costa Rican Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that it places responsibility with the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro for the integrity and security of the Costa Rican diplomat Danilo González, to whom Caracas withdrew credentials as an official representative.

The Costa Rican government denounced the Maduro government’s decision to withdraw Gonzalez’s credentials as Costa Rican business manager in Venezuela, according to a statement from the foreign ministry.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, a day after command of the Venezuelan embassy in San José was transferred to Ambassador Maria Faría, appointed by self-proclaimed president Juan Guaidó — recognized as Venezuela’s leader by at least 50 countries, including Costa Rica.

Read more: Venezuela withdraws credentials from Costa Rican diplomat 

The Central American country indicated that it “holds the regime (of Maduro) responsible for the personal safety and integrity of the representative of the State of Costa Rica” in Venezuela.

The statement added that Costa Rica has not received an official communication from Caracas about the withdrawal of credentials from González, who was the highest-ranking official at the Costa Rican diplomatic headquarters in Venezuela.

“Only once such communication has been received (Costa Rica) will it be able to adopt the pertinent decisions regarding the headquarters of the mission in Caracas,” the Foreign Ministry said.

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