The following is a list of declarations and statements made by the Lima Group since its creation on August 8, 2017, along with a brief description of the context surrounding each declaration and statement.
Unless otherwise specified, all declarations and statements were originally published by the government of Canada. Some declarations or statements are unofficial translations with the official version published in Spanish.
August 8, 2018: On August 4, an explosion occurred near a military event to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the establishment of the Bolivian National Guard. The explosion occurred while Maduro was giving a speech. According to Politico, Maduro’s government called the explosion a failed assassination attempt by the far-right. The Lima Group released a statement four days later decrying the recent arrests of several members of the National Assembly and calling for the Maduro to respect the rule of law and not use “the August 4 incident to persecute and quell political dissent.”
March 8, 2019: Venezuela was hit by a massive blackout, which affected the majority of Venezuelans in at least 18 of its 26 states. At the time, The Guardian reported that the outage was most likely caused by “years of underinvestment in a network that has been mismanaged, neglected and put in the hands of soldiers rather than qualified technicians,” while the Maduro government accused the United States of a cyber attack. In its statement, the Lima Group laid the blame squarely at the feet of the Maduro regime.
March 26, 2019: On March 23, two Russian air force planes carrying nearly 100 troops landed in Venezuela, according to Reuters. This show of support came just four months after two Russian bombers landed in Venezuela as a show of support for Maduro. The Lima Group expressed concern over Russia’s action.