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Chancellor meets with President of Venezuela’s Parliament

Support for a peaceful solution in Venezuela

Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged her support for the Venezuelan people in efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. She discussed the human rights situation in Venezuela and the difficult situation facing the population with Julio Borges and his deputy Freddy Guevara.

The Chancellor in conversation with Julio Borges, President of Venezuela’s Parliament and his deputy Freddy Guevara The meeting at the Federal Chancellery focused on the current political developments in Venezuela Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with both Julio Borges, President of Venezuela’s Parliament, and his deputy Freddy Guevara for short talks at the Federal Chancellery. The meeting focused on the current political situation inside the country and the worrying human rights situation in Venezuela. The dramatic situation facing the people in terms of ensuring basic supplies was also discussed.

For a non-violent solution

The Chancellor assured the Venezuelan people and all democratic forces of her support in efforts to find a non-violent, peaceful and constructive solution to the conflict. She did not discount EU sanctions.

The German government continues to call on the government of Nicolás Maduro to return to the negotiating table and deliver on its pledges to put in place a national dialogue.

Arbitrary government actions

On Monday the German government condemned the decision of Venezuela’s government to prevent the Venezuelan human rights activist Lilian Tintori from travelling to Europe. This step is evidence that the "government of Nicolás Maduro is acting arbitrarily," declared federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert at the government press conference.

Lilian Tintori, wife of the opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, wanted to fly to Europe on 2 September on a visit. The German government had invited her and the President of the Venezuelan Parliament, Julio Borges, to a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Lilian Tintori wanted to report on the human rights situation in Venezuela and on the latest political developments in the country.

The Chancellor noted with great regret and with no understanding that the Venezuelan human rights activist Lilian Tintori had been prevented from leaving Venezuela, reported Steffen Seibert. The German government is demanding that the Venezuelan government lift the travel ban on Lilian Tintori with immediate effect, and that she be allowed to travel to Europe, he said.

The security situation in Venezuela has worsened significantly since the controversial election to a constituent assembly at the beginning of August. Since then, there have been repeated threats to and arbitrary arrests of opposition politicians. The German government has repeatedly called for the immediate release of those arrested and called on the government to return to a democratic order.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

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