Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said on Friday he was willing to meet with envoys of the international contact group promoted by the European Union (EU) that seeks to create the conditions so that new “fair” and “free” elections can be called the country.
“I am ready and willing to receive any envoy from the contact group,” Maduro said at a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace about that group made up of European and Latin American countries.
The high representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, opened on Thursday the first meeting of the group in Montevideo. There, he warned that the situation in Venezuela puts stability in “risk” around the world and urged to seek a solution to the crisis. “The task before us is urgent and this urgency comes from the worsening situation that is at risk of destabilizing the region and not only the region,” he said.
For his part, Maduro rejected “the partialization, the ideologization” that he considers the contact group has, despite what he was willing to receive the envoys of the group and have with them “eye contact, physical contact or mental contact” .
“Welcome the contact group of the EU, although I tell you from now that I totally disagree with the bias and ideologization in which they have fallen, product of the extremism with which they see Venezuela,” the president said.
He also referred to the so-called Montevideo Mechanism, devised by Uruguay, Mexico and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) as an initiative to achieve peace in Venezuela and which consists of four stages: immediate dialogue, negotiation, commitments and implementation. In this case, he says he is “ready to dialogue wherever, whenever and with whom” either through his “direct person” or “special envoys”.
Precisely this Friday the Organization of Persecuted Political Venezuelans in Exile (Veppex), of Miami (Florida, United States), rejected the mechanism that they describe as “disrespect for the Venezuelan people”, in line with the position of the self-proclaimed president, the opponent Juan Guaidó For the Veppex, “to propose a dialogue and mediation with those who usurp power in Venezuela is simply to stand on the side of those who violate the Constitution.”