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Bachelet alleges that Maduro remains Venezuela’s “elected president” for the UN

September 23, 2019


The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has affirmed that, in the eyes of the international organization, the “elected president” of Venezuela is still Nicolás Maduro and has advocated dialogue to resolve the political crisis that is going through the South American country

Bachelet said in an interview with the TVN network that, as High Commissioner, he cannot issue a “personal opinion” about what is happening in Venezuela, so that, for example, he prefers not to “qualify” the Maduro Government or Value whether or not it represents a dictatorship.

Bachelet alleges that Maduro remains Venezuela’s “elected president” for the UN
Bachelet alleges that Maduro remains Venezuela’s “elected president” for the UN

The Chilean president has limited herself to admitting that there is no “full democracy” in Venezuela, although as head of Human Rights of the UN she has limited herself to the conclusions drawn up by her team based on a series of investigations and that they realize of the abuses of rights and freedoms that would be committed.

Bachelet, in favor of “maintaining the relationship” with the Venezuelan State, has assured that, according to the doctrine of the UN, Maduro is the “elected president” and the opponent Juan Guaidó the president of the National Assembly, despite the fact that More than fifty countries – including Spain – have recognized the latter as the legitimate president after the 2018 elections.

“The only instance that can define a change of situation is the General Assembly,” he added, referring to a hypothetical recognition that has only been given on two other occasions throughout history. The United Nations, Bachelet said, “has certain rules.”

The current Chilean president, Sebastián Piñera, has referred to these statements upon his arrival in New York to attend the UN General Assembly and has assured that “the position of the Chilean government is that Juan Guaidó is the legitimate president of Venezuela “, according to local media.

On the criticisms unleashed in Venezuela following the critical reports of his office, Bachelet has denied that it is a surprise, to the extent that “it happens with any country in the world.” “Every time we get a report, governments don't like it,” he said, especially when talking about “things are not perfect.”

However, it has prevented its investigations from being classified as partial. “If you want (our reports) not to be biased, let us in. That way we will have the opportunity to speak with all parties,” he added.

Bachelet has come up with the accusations of the opposition, which recriminated a supposed delay in sending a mission to Venezuela, and of those who consider that it has done nothing to change things: “Do you think that I am the Virgin Mary? ? What am I going to do a miracle? ”

“Some people expected from me things that did not correspond to my position,” he stressed, although he has pointed out that there are those who did consider a “miracle” that, coinciding with his visit, the power outages in Caracas were interrupted.

Bachelet has also ruled on the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) to warn in a veiled way against its use, since it considers that the only way to solve the Venezuelan crisis is through dialogue between the main political actors.

In this sense, “expects” that there is no military intervention. “If one considers that a country is not democratic, it is not through non-democratic ways that it has to solve them,” Bachelet warned.