The Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain, Arancha González Laya, and her counterpart from Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu, defended on Friday the need for a negotiated solution to the current crisis in Venezuela.
The officials bet on dialogue between the Nicolás Maduro regime and the opposition, with the support of the international community.
At a press conference in Madrid at the end of their meeting, the Spanish Minister again referred to the common position of the 27 regarding Venezuela, which involves the rejection of the last parliamentary elections and the recognition of the previous elected National Assembly in 2015
But it did not indicate whether it continues to consider Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela.
He also recalled that they are committed to seeking a political solution to the crisis, for which extensive work is necessary supporting the entire Venezuelan opposition. He said that Guaidó has specific political legitimacy in his capacity as president of the National Assembly that emerged from the last recognized electoral process in Venezuela.
González Laya added the desire to help advance the political process in Venezuela.
The European Union, he said, considers it urgent that the different actors in the country understand each other to provide answers to the serious humanitarian crisis it is facing.
Although it is planned to talk about Venezuela both at the next EU Foreign Ministers Council on January 25 and at the meeting of the International Contact Group on Venezuela, the minister stressed that it is a dialogue between Venezuelans.
The Spanish minister assured that she is in contact with all the political actors in Venezuela, with the opposition and also with the regime because only in this way will they be able to help, support and encourage progress on a solution in the country.
For his part, Cavusuglu regretted the situation that Venezuela is going through and defended that it will not be resolved with interventionism from third countries.
Given his good relationship with the Maduro regime, he recalled that Turkey exercised mediation efforts between the parties a few months ago, also conveying messages from the EU in the context of the efforts that were made to try to postpone the December elections.
Those efforts allowed the release of some opponents by the regime, said the Turkish minister. He defended the need for the parties to seek solutions together through a sincere dialogue for which Turkey and other countries can help facilitate the environment.
In this regard, he underlined the importance of efforts by the international community as a whole, not only by Spain and Turkey, with a view to reaching permanent solutions and agreements.
“The parts have to be understood and what we can do is support them”, He stressed.
Source: El Nacional