Senators Marco Rubio and Ben Cardin asked the European Union to reject the “fraudulent” legislative elections, called by “the regime of Nicolas Maduro“in Venezuela and join forces with the US in favor of democracy in that country.
In a letter addressed to the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy, the former Spanish minister Josep Borrell, Rubio and Cardin were “deeply concerned” by the recent negotiations between European countries with the Government of Nicolás Maduro, ahead of the next elections in Venezuela.
The senators underline that the United States, the EU, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Lima Group should collaborate for “the return of the legitimate democracy to Venezuela“.
“We must work together to demand presidential and legislative elections transparent, free and fair, the release of political prisoners, an independent National Electoral Council and that all political parties and their directors be rehabilitated, “they point out in their letter.
Rubio, Republican, and Cardin, Democrat, are respectively the chairman and the highest ranking member of the Subcommittee on Foreign Relations for the Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civil Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women’s Affairs in the US Senate.
In reference to the “illegitimate elections” to the Venezuelan National Assembly called for December, they affirm that they are a “theft” of “the basic rights “of the Venezuelan people to choose their leaders.
The two senators say that not only “a majority” of the 27 EU member states, they have recognized Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela, but his legitimacy emanates from the country’s own constitution.
In Rubio and Cardin’s opinion, it is “clear” that the National Electoral Council (CNE) “has violated the laws by pressing for elections to be held this year, which do not comply with the international standards and they will only serve for Maduro to maintain the reins of power. “
The senators recount the repression in Venezuela with a mention of the recent report of an independent mission appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, and also speak in their letter of corruption and the economic and social crisis of the South American country.
“The United States and the EU share a commitment to promoting and defending democratic values and fundamental rights around the world, “emphasize the US senators, who vow that they continue to stand together” in rejecting and condemning “Maduro’s attempts to silence his opponents and cling to power.