December 14, 2017
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Following on from the focus on Venezuela that marked the Mercosur summit last week, Buenos Aires on behalf of its regional partners has formally sought a meeting with the Venezuelan government and the opposition as a means to promote dialogue. Last week, the Mercosur issued a statement in which it once again condemned violence in Venezuela and asked both the government and the opposition to refrain from “any initiative that could further divide the Venezuelan people or aggravate constitutional conflict.” The statement stopped short of criticising the upcoming vote for the Constituent Assembly, as Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie had in the midst of the summit in Mendoza province. Faurie penned the letter sent to his Venezuelan counterpart Samuel Moncada. Télam, citing Foreign Ministry sources, has indicated that Caracas has received the letter and is currently considering it. The news agency also noted that if the meeting does not take place and the vote goes ahead as planned, further action within the Mercosur’s Ushuaia Protocol could take place. “Our commitment to democracy and human rights, and the fact that we are a peaceful area, are unique characteristics that our integration process must deepen and strengthen” said President Mauricio Macri at the Mercosur summit, adding once again that he wanted an elections to take place. Yesterday, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro called Macri a “leech” in an interview.

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