UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The EU promises to continue to expand its measures on Venezuela, if the negotiations do not bring concrete results, said Federica Mogherini, the head of the EU diplomacy, said in a statement.
“The EU confirms that a fundamental multidimensional crisis requires an urgent political solution. This can be achieved only through a peaceful, democratic and Venezuelan process leading to free and fair presidential elections. Therefore, the EU welcomes and supports the resumption of negotiations in Barbados remain the main channel for overcoming the crisis,” said Mogherini.
Based on the statement, the EU calls on the parties to genuinely participate and the necessary flexibility to quickly achieve a result that would allow for the holding of transparent and internationally tracked elections in the country.
“In the absence of concrete results from the ongoing negotiations, the EU will continue to expand its targeted measures,” said Mogherini.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said earlier that the dialogue that began in Norway to stabilize the situation in the South American country will continue.
The Norwegian government reported progress at the talks held in Oslo in May between the authorities and the opposition in Venezuela. The communique said that the parties had shown their readiness to move in the search for a coordinated and constitutional solution for this country, which includes political, economic and electoral topics.
Later, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry confirmed that the Venezuelan authorities and the opposition will hold talks in Barbados.
In Venezuela, on January 21, mass protests began against President Nicolas Maduro shortly after he was sworn in. The head of the National Assembly, controlled by the opposition, Juan Guaido illegally proclaimed himself the interim head of state.
A number of Western countries, led by the United States, have declared its recognition. Maduro called Guaido a puppet of the United States. Russia, China, Turkey and a number of other countries supported Maduro as a legitimate president. Moscow called the “presidential status” of the Guaido non-existent.
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