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Police raid on Venezuelan embassy in Washington slammed


Rome, May 16 (IANS/AKI) The Italian upper house of parliament's on Thursday deplored an unauthorised police raid on the in and the arrest of four pro-government activists.

"I learn with great bitterness of the raid by the at the in Washington," Vito Petrocelli, from the ruling populist 5 Star Movement, said in a statement.

"This is a serious breach of the Vienna Convention and an act that hampers the path of dialogue and peace to which the is committed," he added.

The deep crisis gripping can only be resolved through respect for international law and the charter if the Latin American country is to avoid the fate of and Syria, Petrocelli said in the statement.

"We need dialogue and mediation, not displays of force that are in clear violation of international law."

had not authorized US authorities to enter the embassy building, for North American Relations, Carlos Ron, wrote on Under the 1961 Vienna Convention, embassies are considered sovereign territory of the government they represent, making the action a violation of international law.

used a battering ram to get into the embassy, said.

The alleged raid occurred the same day that high-level talks between Venezuela's socialist government and the opposition took place in Norway, Jorge Valero, Venezuela's to the in said.



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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 23:26 IST