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Fernández, Lula, Petro and Macron plead in Brussels for negotiations in Venezuela

The presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and France met this Monday with representatives of the government of Venezuela and the opposition to try to relaunch political negotiations, an appointment parallel to the summit of the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Brussels.

The French President, Emmanuel Macronand their peers from Argentina, Alberto Fernandez; Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva; and Columbia, Gustavo Petroheld a meeting with the vice president of Venezuela, delcy rodriguezand the chief negotiator of the opposition, Gerardo Blydeaccording to videos and photographs released by official sources.

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No further details of the meeting were disclosed, but these leaders have been advocating the resumption of the frozen negotiations between the government of the socialist president Nicolas Maduro and his adversaries with a view to the Venezuelan presidential elections, scheduled for next year.

In fact, this is the second meeting under this format after a first meeting in November during the Paris Forum on Peacebut in this case, presidents Fernández and Petro were joined by Lula da Silva.

Delcy Rodríguez called on the EU-CELAC Summit to the lifting of financial sanctions led by USA against Venezuelawhich he described as “crime blockade”.

Last week, the chief negotiator of the chavismo and president of the Venezuelan Parliament, Jorge Rodriguezbrother of the vice president, ruled out that the EU could send an electoral mission to the South American country for the 2024 elections.

The EU sent an observation mission to Venezuela at the end of 2021 for the regional and municipal elections -the first since 2006- and highlighted progress, but also criticized “the arbitrary disqualification of candidates”.

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The European bloc expressed at the beginning of July its “worry“for the disqualification of the opposition pre-candidate Maria Corina Machado and suggested reviewing the role in the case of the Comptroller General, the entity that issued that sanction.

This Monday, 14 Venezuelan opposition pre-candidates registered in a primary to elect a unitary rival to face Maduro met in Caracas for “evaluate common strategies” versus “threats” as the disqualifications, announced the organizers of the internal vote, scheduled for next October 22.

Source: Elcomercio

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