February 25, 2021

Rodríguez Zapatero trusts in Norwegian mediation for an exit in Venezuela

The former president of the Spanish Government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, confided on Thursday that the Norwegian Government's mediation to find a way out of the crisis in Venezuela should come "to a good start".

Rodríguez Zapatero, at a press conference in La Paz, said that his work as an international mediator in favor of a dialogue between the opposition and the Government of Venezuela leads to the conviction that the only way out should be with "dialogue, negotiation and agreement" .

"This thesis is spreading more and more," he said about the mediation of Norway, whose authorities assured last May that they were developing an initial phase of dialogue between the Venezuelan government and opposition.

The exmandatario urged "a part of the international community" to make "a very serious reflection" on his performance in the Venezuelan crisis, in which more than fifty countries recognize as interim president the head of the country's Parliament, Juan Guaidó .

These countries include the United States, members of the European Union and several of Latin America, among others, while Russia, China and Latin American nations such as Bolivia maintain their support for the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro.

In this regard, he warned that only peaceful solutions to crises such as Venezuela's are possible if there are agreements.

"Venezuela hurts us all," he asserted, "but we will only see a Venezuela that recovers the situation if we do everything necessary, if opposition and Government, the parties, recover a basic consensus of coexistence."

Guaidó revealed last Tuesday that no new meetings are scheduled for the dialogue between Chavism and opposition, so a new meeting with mediation from Norway will depend on the progress on the objectives that was raised in January when he swore to assume the command of the Executive when considering that Maduro usurps the Presidency.

The mediating role of Rodríguez Zapatero was criticized by sectors of the Venezuelan opposition, considering him inclined towards Chavismo.

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