Abrams denounces Borrell’s policy: “Venezuelans deserve free elections”

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The special envoy of the United States for Venezuela has expressed this Wednesday “concern about some of the things that arrive from Brussels», Referring to the possibility that the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, the Spanish Josep Borrell, agrees to send observers to the legislative elections organized by the Chavista regime, if the latter agrees to postpone them beyond the initial date of December, as announced by ABC.

Postponement is not enough. The electoral conditions must change“Said veteran diplomat Elliott Abrams at a conference in Washington with reporters. “I am concerned that there is a pact in which the EU says that it will perhaps send observers to an election if the December elections are postponed by agreement. If he does, he is clearly inclined to assume the observation of those elections, and that creates a danger down the road, “he added.

According to Ambassador Abrams, those dangers are to maintain the commitment to send observers – and therefore, it is understood, to give legitimacy – to elections while the Chavista regime influences practices that are harmful to human rights, such as arbitrary detentions and torture, verified and denounced by many international observers.

«If Maduro continues to arrest, refusing to be released, it is not likely that then [en la UE] say that you have made a mistake and are no longer going to be an observer in those elections. They won’t back down. There will be a normal, human tendency to minimize or turn a blind eye to even more abuses in order to keep alive that agreement that they will have reached, “Abrams said to a question from ABC.

Observer mission

Borrell has called for this Thursday a meeting of Foreign Ministers of the countries of the so-called “Contact Group” -Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom – in which it is proposed to deal with the elections that the Maduro regime wants to call in December. His successor at the head of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González, has declared that “if there is space, However small is, for elections to be held under democratic conditions, Spain will support it.

Official European sources told the correspondent of this newspaper in Brussels on Tuesday that Borrell is studying betting by sending an observer mission, something that would be interpreted as the recognition of the elections that the regime wants, although they insist that this “would not prejudge the opinion that they could make on its development.”

Require guarantees

‘I think the EU should say at the Contact Group meeting, and in its other demonstrations, that deadlines are only one of the factors, and that these elections need to meet a series of requirements, a series of conditions that are the same for there to be an election in Europe. The same conditions for free elections in Europe should apply to elections in Venezuela. Venezuelans deserve free elections, the same ones that Europeans deserve, ”Abrams said.

The change of perspective within the EU comes after the efforts of the opposition Henrique Capriles, supported by the Government of Turkey, to accept the elections in exchange for the release of 110 political prisoners. The alternative interim government recognized by the bulk of the international community, led by Juan Guaidó, refuses to accept those elections because the regime continues to control the institutions and persecuting and censoring the opposition. Abrams asked “those who decide to participate in those elections who ask that they meet the most basic requirements” to be considered legitimate, which are not given now.

The ambassador also said that “nobody believes that [el régimen chavista] could, even if they wanted to, hold free elections in December. They need 30,000 or 40,000 voting machines. They need to import them from somewhere. Five million Venezuelans are outside the country and millions are internally displaced. The update of the electoral roll it’s a huge task that it could not possibly be completed in December, even if they really tried it willingly. ‘

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