Tell the State Department: Accept the Protecting Power Agreement Re Venezuela

Breaking news: The governments of Venezuela and Turkey have agreed to sign a Protecting Power Agreement that would allow the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC to be under the charge of the Turkish government. To be operative, however, it must be approved by the State Department. Please sign this petition urging the State Department to give its approval.

It is in the U.S. interest to approve this agreement because then the Venezuelan government will approve a similar Protecting Power Agreement reached between the United States and Switzerland to give the Swiss government control of the US Embassy in Caracas and provide critical functions such as assisting U.S. citizens.

There are disagreements within the US government, however, with the John Bolton faction wanting to hand the Venezuela Embassy over to the representatives of opposition leader Juan Guaidó, even though they have no control inside Venezuela and would not be able to carry out any of the functions of an embassy. We must convince the more rational members of the Trump administration that approving the Protecting Power Agreement between Venezuela and Turkey is in the interest of the U.S. government and in the interest of the people of both nations.

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Dear Secretary Mike Pompeo,

We are encouraged to learn that on May 21, the Venezuelan and Turkish governments have agreed to sign a Protecting Power Agreement that would put the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC under the charge of the Turkish government. This is similar to the agreement that the State Department has worked out with Switzerland to take charge of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas. We have learned that the Maduro government is ready to approve the U.S.-Swiss Protecting Power Agreement if the U.S. government will approve the agreement between Venezuela and Turkey.

Such a reciprocal agreement will be beneficial for the people of both nations, as the Protecting Power Agreements will provide the U.S. and Venezuelan citizens with assistance when in need and will keep the embassies intact until relations are re-established at a future date.  

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  • Cathy Klein
    signed 2019-05-27 06:35:13 -0400
  • Kristie Prouse
    signed 2019-05-27 01:44:49 -0400
  • G Ranier
    signed 2019-05-27 01:14:26 -0400
  • Erik Kowal
    signed 2019-05-27 01:04:01 -0400
    It surely makes sense to make whatever logistical arrangements are necessary to keep official diplomatic channels open, and to keep the services required by ordinary citizens of both Venezuela and the US available to them.
  • Magdalena Barba Avil
    signed 2019-05-26 23:57:08 -0400
  • Lisa Resists b/c Trump helped kill JAMAL Khashoggi
    @Heinzilla tweeted link to this page. 2019-05-26 23:52:45 -0400
    BREAKING The govts of Venezuela & Turkey have signed a Protecting Power Agreement for the Venezuelan Embassy in DC to be under the charge of the Turkish govt. Tell the @StateDept @SecPompeo they must approve the agreement. #HandsOffVenezuela https://www.codepink.org/protectingpower?recruiter_id=699504
  • Lisa Heinz
    signed 2019-05-26 23:52:36 -0400
  • Magdalena Barba Avil
    @HermesAmerica tweeted link to this page. 2019-05-26 23:25:12 -0400
    BREAKING The govts of Venezuela & Turkey have signed a Protecting Power Agreement for the Venezuelan Embassy in DC to be under the charge of the Turkish govt. Tell the @StateDept @SecPompeo they must approve the agreement. #HandsOffVenezuela https://www.codepink.org/protectingpower?recruiter_id=56059
  • Magdalena Barba
    signed 2019-05-26 23:24:39 -0400
  • Rosemary Ward
    signed 2019-05-26 22:43:06 -0400
  • Gloria Fooks
    signed 2019-05-26 21:42:50 -0400
  • Peter Friedman
    signed 2019-05-26 20:41:34 -0400
  • Andrew Moore
    signed 2019-05-26 19:41:34 -0400
    If we couldn’t respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 and allow the legitimately elected government of Venezuela—still recognized by a majority of the world’s countries—to operate its own embassies in the US, they should at least be allowed to continue performing consular and diplomatic tasks through a proxy agent.
  • Janine Baket
    signed 2019-05-26 19:35:07 -0400
  • Amy Mccarthy
    signed 2019-05-26 18:53:23 -0400
  • Michael Johnson
    signed 2019-05-26 18:50:56 -0400
  • Matt Peters
    signed 2019-05-26 17:59:42 -0400
  • Eleanor Levine
    signed 2019-05-26 17:25:50 -0400
  • Joe DeFilippo
    signed 2019-05-26 17:20:14 -0400
    Joe DeFilippo
  • Jacqui Deveneau
    signed 2019-05-26 17:11:03 -0400
    This is an important step to defuse tensions.
  • Cameron Taharah
    signed 2019-05-26 17:05:41 -0400
    Cameron Taharah
  • Nancy Withington
    signed 2019-05-26 17:00:29 -0400
  • Sally Bland
    signed 2019-05-26 16:22:43 -0400
  • Michael Garitty
    signed 2019-05-26 16:14:52 -0400
  • Michael Garitty
    @bappo10 tweeted link to this page. 2019-05-26 16:14:37 -0400
    BREAKING The govts of Venezuela & Turkey have signed a Protecting Power Agreement for the Venezuelan Embassy in DC to be under the charge of the Turkish govt. Tell the @StateDept @SecPompeo they must approve the agreement. #HandsOffVenezuela https://www.codepink.org/protectingpower?recruiter_id=645442
  • Michael Garitty
    signed 2019-05-26 16:14:23 -0400
  • Aya Saleh
    signed 2019-05-26 15:23:53 -0400
  • Susan Kepner
    signed 2019-05-26 15:13:06 -0400
  • Keven Nawrocki
    signed 2019-05-26 15:03:50 -0400
    Keven Nawrocki
  • Grace Payne
    signed 2019-05-26 14:12:37 -0400
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