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For Bern, blocked in Caracas

in parting, the foreign Minister, came As the Italian Ambassador Marco Del Panta was the end of January, his last day in Bern, he was adopted by Ignazio Cassis personally. The successor of Del Panta could not hot Cassis, however, until today, welcome. Because Italy has so far, apart from sending a new Ambassador to Switzerland – an unusual process for such an important neighbouring country.

Actually, it is already determined long ago who is to collect new in the message to the elven road in Berne. Rome will send Silvio Mignano, as head of mission in Switzerland. The 53-year-old Diplomat, who is also a writer, knows Switzerland well. From 2004 to 2007, he served as Consul General in Basel.

Since 2015 Mignano's Ambassador in Venezuela's capital of Caracas – and the reason that he has not taken office in Bern. The political turmoil in the Latin American country make it impossible for the Italian government, the Ambassador to deduct. That would be diplomatically sensitive, the time is the worst.

a refugee in the Embassy

The Italian Embassy in Bern emphasized on request, the delay was solely to do with the Situation in Venezuela and be without any influence on the positive relations between Switzerland and Italy.

in fact, Ambassador Mignano is located in Caracas in a difficult situation. A few days ago, the Venezuelan opposition politician Américo De Grazia, who is of Italian descent fled, in the representation of Italy. The Supreme court of Venezuela had sent him and nine other members of Parliament deprived of immunity.

to whom should? Mignanos successor to accredit – in the case of Maduro or Guaidó

Complicated the situation for Mignano is also because the Italian government has not recognised, in contrast to most EU countries, Juan Guaidó as the transitional President of Venezuela. Together with Greece, Italy, was blocked in February, a EU statement on the conflict in Venezuela.

the cause is the specific political constellation in the southern neighboring country. In the government coalition consisting of the populist 5-star movement and the right Lega reign of discrepancies in the Venezuela question: During the Lega makes the left-nationalist commander-in-chief Nicolás Maduro reject, hold him, representatives of the Five star, the bar, or they reject the positioning.

a clear Position

In such a Situation, the withdrawal of an Ambassador is delicate. Because the question is, at whom Mignanos successor to accredit is to – in the case of Maduro or Guaidó? The Italian Embassy has expressed, on request, also in front of a clear positioning and holds, only, Italy was in favour of new elections in Venezuela. It also provides the prospect that the new Ambassador receiving well at the end of may.

The Department of foreign Affairs in Bern, explained meanwhile, it is a matter for Italy as it filled his Embassy post. Currently, the Italian Chargé d’Affaires to make sure that the tasks of the Embassy can be met.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 12.05.2019, 21:46 PM

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