Crisis in Venezuela: the EU warns Maduro that he will not recognize the elections if he does not postpone them

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The European representation in Caracas warned that the minimum democratic conditions for the election do not exist.

The European Union asked the Venezuelan government to postpone the legislative elections of December 6, warning, through the diplomatic mission deployed in Caracas, that will not recognize elections or the National Assembly that comes out of this process as it lacks the democratic conditions minimal.

This was transmitted by the mission sent by the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, last week to Venezuela. The European diplomats met with the ‘Chavista’ leader Jorge Rodríguez, in charge of the negotiations with the opposition Henrique Capriles, and demanded delay six months the elections to give space to a dialogue process with the opposition that improves the conditions of the elections, a senior EU official has reported.

Community diplomacy did not establish an ultimatum for the Executive of Nicolás Maduro, but it hopes to have an answer in the next ten or twelve days, taking into account that it would be complicated for technical reasons to postpone the elections after mid-October.

However, in Brussels they do not harbor much hope about the response that the Venezuelan government can give. “Everyone is fighting for survival, also the regime. I think the most likely scenario is that the answer is ‘no’. That is my feeling. In case it is not a negative answer, it will not be a positive one either “, admitted the senior European official.

In the community capital they recognize that if the initiative does not prosper it would be a “failure for all”, including the European initiative, but mainly for the Government and opposition in Venezuela, which would be the most affected parties. The senior EU official recalls that the situation of Juan Guaidó would remain on the wing, since his mandate as president of the National Assembly and president it would expire in January.

In the EU view, postponement and dialogue process with the opposition should be the first step for Venezuela to emerge from the prolonged crisis in which it is installed, but this initiative should be followed by another broader negotiation process in which the future of the country is discussed, in line with the talks from Norway and Barbados.

During the trip, the mission sent by Borrell found that if the Maduro government gives in to the five demands of the opposition, the opposition segment represented by Voluntad Popular, the party of Guaidó and Leopoldo López, would stand in the elections. In a more possible perspective is Capriles, who negotiates with Caracas the postponement, and has defended that the opposition should go to the elections.

Regarding the controversy raised by the diplomatic mission – the European People’s Party charged against the trip, assuring that it responded to a “wrong strategy” that “gave the Maduro regime an air and appearance of normality” – in Brussels they show their surprise with criticism.

“I did not expect Europeans to blindly buy a position that is purely American,” said the community official, who points out that the tactic of pressuring and encouraging a fall of ‘Chavismo’, even by military means, does not correspond to the European perspective of the crisis.

Europa Press

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