The government of Alberto Fernández once again supported the Nicolás Maduro regime this Thursday night with a statement from the Foreign Ministry that begins by saying that “The situation in Venezuela must be resolved by Venezuelans themselves without external pressure or conditions.”
It is a general rejection of the US position and that of the entire Lima Group, which has been pressing, even with a scheme of sanctions against the Chavista regime, so that the country can move towards democracy. But above all, it is a rejection of the Argentine government to the initiative presented this week by the government of Donald Trump of a way out of the Venezuelan crisis, to begin with, without Maduro and without the head of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, who in January 2019 had proclaimed himself “president in charge” of the Caribbean country. Washington also demanded the departure of foreign forces from the country.
After maintaining an eloquent silence, the Foreign Ministry released this Thursday its brief statement that also says. “The international community has a duty to collaborate in facilitating dialogue between the parties and in the search for a political solution that will lead to the necessary institutional renewal in the shortest possible time and with it to the full validity of democracy and human rights, the recovery of the Venezuelan economy and the well-being of its people. ” The point is that in all the opportunities he had to do it, Maduro ended up overwhelming all the powers that were adverse to him, such as the National Assembly itself.
Adds the text: “In the midst of the crisis unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic, we have to act with commitment and solidarity with Venezuela and with all affected countries, through a global dialogue that contains everyone. This is the way to also end social exclusion, environmental predation and greed for speculation. “The explosion of the pandemic seriously threatens the already devastated Venezuelan health system.
In a conference call at the invitation of the various United States embassies in the region, Clarion He was able to speak this Thursday from Buenos Aires with the United States Special Representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. He was asked how he saw the fact that the Argentine government did not agree with the new initiative.
“If something that has become clear in Argentina’s position is that Argentina supports democracy throughout Latin America. President Fernández has spoken on several occasions about the need for the democratic opening of Venezuela. Regarding exactly the official reaction to the This week’s US proposal is not a question for me but for the government of Argentina. I can tell you that there is a very open communication with the government of the United States, between the government of the United States and the government of Argentina, and we know very well that Argentina is in that position. “Abrams replied to this newspaper and continued his telephone interview with other journalists.
While the Mauricio Macri government recognized Guaidó as president, Fernandez did not. And although it left Argentina of the Lima Group – in which although the United States is not a party it maintains an active interest – it never again supported a single communiqué from it.
The Lima Group came out to endorse a proposal by Guaidó to establish “a National Emergency Government that includes all political and social sectors” in Venezuela.
Through the Peruvian Foreign Ministry, the Group expressed its “appreciation” for “the important proposal” of the United States Administration for “the formation of a Transitional Government” and stressed that it coincides “with the objective of the Lima Group to guarantee the return to democracy in Venezuela. ” The joint communiqué was signed by all of Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and also by Guaidó, but not by Argentina, which produced its own communiqué.