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Statement by Federica Mogherini on Venezuela

25.10.2016
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Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on Venezuela

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Today in Santo Domingo I met with the UNASUR facilitators Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and Leonel Fernandez, in the context of the dialogue efforts in Venezuela.They informed me about the recent talks between the Venezuelan government and the opposition. The launching of a formal dialogue is an encouraging step forward that must continue with a full engagement by all parties.The joint efforts by the Holy See and UNASUR to facilitate the dialogue are crucial for common and peaceful solutions for the benefit of the people of Venezuela.A full respect of the Constitution's principles and mechanisms, separation of powers, rule of law and political freedoms are necessary. All the parties should embrace a sincere and constructive dialogue, as outlined by Pope Francis yesterday during his private meeting with President Maduro.

In current political context, only positive engagement in dialogue will allow the country to overcome its challenges. The European Union expects all parties to refrain from actions that could increase divisions and violence, for the sake of the Venezuelan people.

The situation in Venezuela was also discussed during a phone call I had with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Parolin. 

Category
Statements by the HR/VP
Location

Santo Domingo

Topics
Conflict Prevention, Peace building and Mediation
Human Rights & Democracy
Editorial sections
EEAS
Latin America & the Caribbean
Dominican Republic
Venezuela
Conflict Prevention, Peace building and Mediation
Human Rights & Democracy