European diplomacy warned on Tuesday that the hundred pardons approved by Nicolás Maduro’s government might be a “tricky maneuver” by the Venezuelan authorities, but insisted that the EU strategy include dialogue to get elections in December that are fair and clean.
During an intervention in the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, the Head of the Foreign Service’s South America Department, Veronique Lorenzo, admitted that she shared the concerns of several MEPs that the measure announced by Caracas was a “strategic maneuver” to divide the opposition . “We are aware that this is a fraud movement that the regime is using,” he said.
For example, he has argued that the EU’s diplomatic strategy is to maintain communication with the Maduro government and to maintain “open channels”, as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell has done in recent months in favor of the Maduro government Channeling the Venezuelan crisis through democratic elections that meet international standards. He also insisted that there are different voices within the Venezuelan opposition and that they must act pragmatically in the election scenario.
The words of the European diplomat are an answer to the doubts of several Spanish MEPs about the political and humanitarian situation in the South American country and to the call on the Commission not to lose sight of the movements in Caracas in view of the December elections.