BRUSSELS, Jan. 22 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The EU High Representative on Foreign Policy and Security, Josep Borrell, has expressed to the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, the “strong support” of the EU as president of the EU and has requested dialogue between the parties in Venezuela for a “useful” political process.
In his meeting in Brussels, the head of European diplomacy has reiterated that the National Assembly is the only democratic institution in the country and has backed Juan Guaidó as its “legitimate president”.
This meeting is part of the international tour of the opposition leader that will meet with different international leaders, thus challenging the prohibition of leaving Venezuela. Prior to his meeting with the head of EU diplomacy, he has held another with the Vice President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas.
According to a statement from the office of the High Representative, both have addressed the latest altercations produced in the National Assembly and the “worsening” of the situation in the South American country. “Both underline the urgent need for a concerted approach between the actors in Venezuela and within the international community so that there is a useful political process,” the press release said.
Also, the head of European diplomacy has reiterated the EU's commitment to a “genuine” process that leads to a peaceful and democratic exit to the Venezuelan crisis through “credible and transparent” elections.
To do this, Borrell has called for “unity” to the Venezuelan opposition and to work together in this process. “The High Representative stressed that the EU is still on the side of Venezuelans both inside and outside the country,” the statement said.
MEETING IN THE EUROCAMARA
After his meeting with Borrell, Guaidó has been received in the European Parliament by Vice President Dita Charanzova and holds bilateral meetings with Spanish MEPs of PP, PSOE, Citizens and Vox.
For their part, the Europarliamentarians of United We have declined to meet with Guaidó and participate in a press conference with the other Spanish MEPs, understanding that “there is not much willingness to facilitate contacts between the Venezuelan Government and the democratic opposition” at that meeting . “We would go to a conference where the crisis and the confrontation will not be deepened by supporting only one of the parties,” they have argued from IU.
The opposition leader left Venezuela on Sunday for Colombia, where on Monday he participated in the III Hemispheric Conference on the Fight against Terrorism. There he met the Colombian president, Iván Duque, and the United States secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, among other leaders.
On Tuesday he landed in the United Kingdom, thus inaugurating his first trip to Europe. In London, he met with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Foreign Minister, Dominic Raab, who ratified Downings Street's support for a “peaceful transition” in Venezuela.
After Brussels, on Thursday he will participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos and the weekend will be in Spain, where he will be received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, and will meet the Venezuelan diaspora. Guaidó is expected to return to Venezuela but there is still no specific date for it.
On January 23 will be the first anniversary of the self-proclamation of Guaidó as “president in charge” of Venezuela without having achieved its main objective: to overthrow the Government of Nicolás Maduro.