Roberto Lavagna, on Venezuela: “Argentina must be among those who advocate avoiding authoritarianism and populism”


Roberto Lavagna Source: LA NACION – Credit: Rodrigo Néspolo

The former minister of economy Roberto Lavagna yesterday referred to one of the most sensitive topics in matters of Argentine foreign policy and after making clear your position on the situation in Venezuela urged the government to “define firm positions in the international context”.

“The world is experiencing these days situations that should determine Argentina to define firm positions in the international context, which express a vocation to belong to a competitive capitalism, compatible with social justice and indispensable Respect for human rights”, the former minister wrote on Twitter.

“Furthermore, Argentina should be included among the countries that most advocate avoiding all forms of authoritarianism and populism as well as strengthening center policies based on consensus and democratic dialogue,” Lavagna said on his social network.

Roberto Lavagna’s statements take on special relevance in the midst of the controversy that was generated around the situation in Venezuela, after the statements of the ambassador to the OAS, Carlos Raimundi, and the marches and countermarches in relation to the question. Although the government supported the work carried out by the United Nations High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, the day before yesterday at the UN, Lavagna seems to urge Alberto Fernández to maintain his position.

Lavagna’s firm recommendation came in the midst of the inmates with the hardest wing of Kirchnerism due to the decision of the Alberto Fernández government to support the resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Alicia Castro, who was ambassador to Caracas between 2006 and 2011, harshly questioned Foreign Minister Felipe Solá the day before yesterday and sent a letter of resignation to President Alberto Fernández. Castro had been chosen to head the Moscow embassy, ​​but his statement was frozen due to differences with the government.

The position within the lavagnism

Meanwhile, the head of the Federal Consensus deputies bloc, Alejandro “Topo” Rodríguez, considered yesterday that the position of the Argentine government to support the report of the United Nations Organization (UN) on the situation of human rights in Venezuela it was “balanced and accurate”.

“It is not a realignment in international matters, as some claim; on the contrary, it reflects a continuity with the tradition of Argentine democracy with regard to the defense of human rights, regardless of ideological positions,” said the Lavagnista legislator .

Rodríguez also recalled that “more than 13 years ago” that former presidential candidate Roberto Lavagna began to warn about “the critical situation” of democracy and human rights in Venezuela, which, as he clarified, has unfortunately worsened today.

“What is surprising is that some sectors of the ruling party have launched such a campaign against the decision of the Government itself, because those who are now criticizing are those who remained silent and did not even piss off when they dollarized the debt in pesos to favor foreign speculative funds , through a law of Congress promoted and defended by the ruling party itself, “added the legislator of the Lavagnismo.

At the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council that took place the day before yesterday in Geneva, the Argentine government also condemned the blockades and economic sanctions imposed on the country governed by Nicolás Maduro, which “especially attack the Venezuelan people.”

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