The European Union demands “important changes” to send observers to the elections in Venezuela

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The block claims other conditions and deadlines. But Nicolás Maduro for now refuses to postpone the legislative elections scheduled for December.

The European Union reported on Thursday that it could send observers to Venezuela’s legislative elections scheduled for December 6, but only if the country makes “important changes” to its conditions and deadlines.

“Only important changes in the conditions and time frame could allow the deployment of an EU electoral observation mission,” declared the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, through his Twitter account.

The high representative of the bloc for Foreign Policy spoke this way at the end of a meeting of the International Contact Group sponsored by the EU to try to create the conditions in Venezuela to hold free and fair elections.

Borrell said that the group, which met at the ministerial level by videoconference and which includes both European and Latin American countries, reiterated its “strong support” to “continue working for a negotiated political solution to the Venezuelan crisis.”

To do this, he assured that “the holding of free and fair elections is key.”

The international contact group is made up of Argentina -which was incorporated in August-, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Panama, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.

Its goal is to support efforts for a peaceful and democratic way out of the crisis in Venezuela and facilitate the access and increase of humanitarian aid to this country, particularly in the current context of expansion of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last Saturday, an EU spokeswoman indicated that there is not enough time to send an electoral observation mission to Venezuela if the elections are held for next December 6, since the preparation of this type of missions requires time and the deadline. current is “too short,” he said.

But President Nicolás Maduro remains firm on the date of the elections, rejected by the opposition, which will not appear because he considers that they will be “fraudulent.”

The EU spokesperson confirmed that the bloc received an invitation from the Venezuelan government to participate as observers in the legislative elections, as well as “a list of additional guarantees for the transparency of the electoral process.”

In any case, he said then that “minimum conditions” must be met for the EU to be able to send one of these missions.

He also explained that the bloc had already asked Venezuela for a “precise response (…) to the minimum requirements that the opposition has requested” regarding the holding of the votes, after determining in mid-August that at that time there were no the conditions for sending a community observation mission to the country.

The parliamentary elections have generated a wide rejection in many sectors of the Venezuelan opposition due to the lack of guarantees, which has led them to classify these elections as “fraud”.

However, a sector of the fractured dissidence, led by the former governor of Miranda and former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, decided that it will participate in the elections, although it also seeks to postpone the date.

With these elections, Maduro seeks to regain Parliament, the only power of the State today in opposition hands.

Source: DPA and EFE

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