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Venezuela-contact group calls for new elections

The European Union and several Latin American countries have called for free elections in Venezuela. The so-called International contact group for Venezuela (ICG) support worthy of a peaceful crisis management through free, transparent and credible presidential elections.

it was said in a joint statement, which was announced on Thursday in Montevideo, the Uruguayan foreign Minister, Rodolfo Nin Novoa and the EU high representative on Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini.

Bolivia, also a member of the ICG, and Mexico were not mentioned among the signatories. Bolivia under the left-wing President Evo Morales holds up to Maduro, Mexico maintains a neutral Position, to be able to as a possible facilitator.

ICG will record the necessary contacts with the Venezuelan and international actors to provide guarantees for a credible electoral process in the shortest possible period of time, said Nin Novoa at a joint press conference with Mogherini.

Extra help

The ICG undertook also to send additional aid to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, in coordination with the UN refugee Agency, UNHCR.

To meet these objectives, the ICG will send a technical Mission to Venezuela. A new Meeting of the contact group was scheduled for March.

The joint statement was worn, according to Nin Novoa of Uruguay, the EU, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Germany, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

trucks with relief goods to the Tienditas bridge. (7. February 2019) image: Edinson Estupinan/AFP

In Venezuela for weeks, a power struggle between President Nicolas Maduro , and the opposition politician Juan Guaidó, the on 23. January to the interim head of state explained.

the Colombian-Venezuelan border, met under the trucks with humanitarian aid from the United States. As a Reporter for the news Agency, reported AFP, there were several food, and drug-Laden vehicles on the Colombian side of the Tienditas-border bridge.

On the Venezuelan soldiers blocked the Transition. The truck convoy was launched on Wednesday in the city of Bucaramanga in northeastern Colombia.

(oli/sda)

Created: 07.02.2019, 22:37 PM

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