Santos: “We will be implacable with the oppressive regime of Venezuela” Summit of the Americas reinforces the isolation of Venezuela Venezuela, the great absentee, starred in the speeches of the leaders at the Summit. From Lima, President Evo Morales left for Venezuela The great absentee in the VIII Summit of the Americas, Venezuela, starred in the speeches of the leaders present at this continental meeting, with a majority condemning his regime, which has seen its international isolation strengthened. Venezuela has been the only one absent in this three-year presidential forum made up of the 35 countries of the continent, since its head of state, Nicolás Maduro, was not invited by the host nation, Peru. “We will be implacable with the oppressive regime of Venezuela,” said the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and insisted that his government will not recognize the results of the presidential and legislative elections convened for next May by the regime led by Maduro. “The social and economic crisis (in Venezuela) is getting worse every day, which paradoxically has helped the government to repress the civilian population every day,” Santos said. The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, together with the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, in Miraflores, one day after the Summit of the Americas, of Peru. Confidential | EFE “Colombia,” he added, “is the country that most suffers the desperate situation that Venezuelans are going through. That is why we are the most interested in the restoration of democracy in our sister nation. ” The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, denounced the violation of human rights in Venezuela, in his opinion “completely unacceptable”, and exhorted the rest of the member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) to work together to restore democracy in That country. “We can not look the other way, where there is a political process without minimum guarantees. We are going to ignore any election that emerges from a process of this kind, because it is not a democratic election,” said Argentine President Mauricio Macri. The president of Peru, Martín Vizcarra (i), and his foreign minister, Néstor Popolizio (d), offer a press conference at the close of the Summit of the Americas. Confidential | EFE The Argentinean leader also expressed his concern about the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, where “millions are forced to leave their land, and daily suffer from shortages of food and basic services.” The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, called on the government of Venezuela to “meet again on the path of democracy” and to recognize the humanitarian crisis that “is condemning hunger and death” to many citizens of that country. US Vice President Mike Pence personally thanked Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra for the “strong” position adopted by Lima against the government of Nicolás Maduro and promised that Washington will continue to press Caracas politically and economically. “Thank you for your strong position on the tyranny and humanitarian crisis that is Venezuela,” Pence told Vizcarra. Faced with a direct question from Efe about whether Washington would recognize an election result in next May’s elections in Venezuela, Pence just moved his lips to show a categorical “no.” In the United States, he said, “we are absolutely determined, in this conference and in the future, to impose the full force of our diplomatic and economic power until liberties and democracy are restored in Venezuela.” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (i) who talks with US Vice President Mike Pence (d) during a meeting in the framework of the VIII Summit of the Americas. Confidential | EFE The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, called for the “restoration of democracy” in Venezuela and I trust that it can be achieved through peaceful means. The Mexican president emphasized that “practically throughout the continent there are democratic governments” and that, “in that context,” he is “concerned about the serious situation in Venezuela.” The president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, who recently recalled his ambassador in Caracas and announced that he will not recognize the results of the elections in May, condemned the “weakening of democracy” in Venezuela and denounced the mass exodus of citizens from that country. country. “Democracy is one of the pillars of our integration,” recalled the president of Brazil, Michel Temer, who called for a democratic solution to the situation in Venezuela with the support of the Lima Group (made up of 12 Latin American countries, the most critical of the region towards the Maduro regime) and the Organization of American States (OAS). Only, and as was foreseeable, Cuba and Bolivia unchecked in identical terms the majority rejection of the Venezuelan regime. The head of Cuban diplomacy, Bruno Rodríguez, deplored the exclusion of the Venezuelan president from the summit Lima and what he described as “an affront to all the peoples of America and a historic setback imposed by” the United States. “As the voice of Venezuela we are here to defend their self-determination,” said Rodriguez, who wished that country, Cuba’s main ally in the region, “successes” in the May presidential elections. You may also be interested:
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