Lula's party says it wants to mediate a peaceful solution in Venezuela

The president of the Workers Party of Brazil (PT), deputy Gleisi Hoffmann, affirmed on Saturday that the left formation led by former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva wants to mediate for a peaceful and democratic solution to the crisis in Venezuela.

"What we want with Venezuela is to be able to mediate a peaceful conflict resolution process," the parliamentarian said in an interview with Efe, which was harshly criticized, even by leftist parties, for having gone to the president's questioned inauguration last January. Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela.

The proposal of the leader of the largest leftist party in Latin America goes against the position of the government of the Brazilian president, the far-right Jair Bolsonaro, who recognized the head of the Parliament of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, as president in charge of that country and pressures for the immediate exit of Maduro.

"Maduro was elected in a legitimate election, even verified by an international commission, the former (former president of the Spanish government José Luis Rodríguez) Zapatero already spoke on that," said the legislator defending the legitimacy of the Venezuelan president, a former ally of the PT.

Hoffmann affirmed that Maduro has been suffering from very strong international pressure to abandon power and a great attrition for Venezuela's internal problems, but that the solution to the crisis has to be negotiated.

"Brazil's diplomacy (in the PT governments) has always been placed at the disposal of a negotiation and the PT wants to fulfill that role, as a political party, because we always respect the self-determination of the peoples and the sovereignty of the countries in their electoral processes. "he assured.

He added that what the PT wants most is to find a solution as quickly as possible for the Venezuelan crisis so that the country can have stability.

"From the point of view of the PT, we respect the internal process of Venezuela, we want democracy to be consolidated and the people to live in peace," he said.

According to the president of the PT, as there is a very large internal conflict, which is not generated by the opposition to Maduro but by the international boycott and the desire for intervention, "the PT wants to be an instrument to help a solution peaceful and democratic. "

The leader of the largest opposition party to the Brazilian government also spoke about Bolsonaro's three-day official visit to the United States on Sunday and said he would not add anything to the country since, in his opinion, the extreme right-wing leader does not intend to defend the interests of Brazil in Washington.

"The most important thing that Bolsonaro can take to (US President, Donald) Trump in Washington is a request for the Ford factory to remain in Brazil and our workers not to lose their jobs, but, unfortunately, he will not do that. It is a trip that adds nothing, "he said.

The American manufacturer Ford announced last February its intention to close a truck plant that it has in the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo, which may leave some 3,700 people unemployed.

Hoffmann added that Bolsonaro's visit may even hinder the situation of Brazilian state companies that would be targeted by US companies interested in privatizing them.

"The visit may worsen the situation of state companies, mainly Petrobras, which is already practically ceded to US interests and big oil companies," he said.

According to the legislator, this situation was demonstrated this month with the alleged discovery of details of an agreement that Petrobras signed with US authorities to put an end to the legal proceedings against the company in that country.

The agreement, according to Hoffmann, foresees that "information (to the United States) will be reviewed, without going through the official channels, that the Petrobras information will be completely opened, which are strategic information for the development of Brazil".


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