The UN will not join any group of nations seeking to resolve the crisis in Venezuela, according to the secretary general of the organization, Antonio Guterres, on Monday, when he rejected an invitation to attend a meeting in Uruguay this week to discuss the issue.
Instead, the organization will choose to keep its own offer of mediation to the government and the country’s opposition on the table, Guterres told reporters.
The Portuguese diplomat explained that, although he has been in contact with different governments, the General Secretariat of the United Nations has decided “not to be part of any of these groups, to give credibility to our continued offer of good offices”.
Last Friday, Guterres met with representatives of Mexico and Uruguay to discuss the conference promoted by those two countries for February 7 in Montevideo, which will seek to promote a negotiation to solve the crisis.
Concern about the situation in Venezuela
The first meeting of the international contact group on Venezuela will be held in the Uruguayan capital, with the participation of the European Union and eight of its member states – Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom – together with Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Uruguay.
“Guterres, who has reiterated his strong concern about the situation in Venezuela, said he has been in contact with the protagonists of all initiatives launched, but has chosen not to join any of the groups.”
As explained, the UN wants to give “credibility” to the offer of “good offices” that has made the parties, a mediation that the United Nations will only carry out if both sides request it, he said.
The organization has maintained that position since the beginning of the crisis, insisting from the self-proclamation of Juan Guaidó as interim president that he does not have to recognize or not recognize heads of state.