Brussels condemns the “disproportionate” use of force by the security forces during the voting day
The Constituent Assembly elected in Venezuela “can not be part of the solution”, declared the European Union (EU), which condemned the “disproportionate” use of force by the security forces during the voting day.
“A Constituent Assembly, chosen in dubious conditions and often violent circumstances can not be part of the solution. It has increased the division and will delegitimize more democratically elected institutions in Venezuela, “a spokesman for the EU External Action Service said in a statement.
“A Constituent Assembly, chosen in dubious conditions and often violent circumstances can not be part of the solution
COMMUNICATION FROM THE EU EXTERNAL ACTION SERVICE
The service led by the High Representative for Foreign Policy of the EU, Federica Mogherini, stressed that “Venezuela has democratically elected and legitimate institutions whose role is to work together and find a negotiated solution to the current crisis.” “The President and the Government have a special responsibility to restore the spirit of the Constitution and restore lost confidence in its attempt to establish parallel divisional institutions,” the statement said.
For its part, the European Commission “has great doubts about whether the outcome of the elections can be recognized,” said Community Executive spokeswoman Mina Andreeva at the institution’s daily press conference. The spokeswoman said that “Mogherini is working on a joint EU response covering” the question of the possibility of sanctions, as Spain asked if these elections were held.
Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Panama, Mexico, Costa Rica and Paraguay, among others, have announced that they will not recognize the results of the elections held yesterday to form the Constituent Assembly to draft a new Magna Carta for Venezuela, a process The Chavez government and rejected by the opposition that has led to weeks of fighting.
The European Union also lamented “violence and agitation” and condemned “excessive and disproportionate use of force by security forces” in a voting day in which ten people died, according to the official Venezuelan version.
“The Venezuelan Government has a responsibility to ensure respect for the rule of law and fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression and the right to demonstrate peacefully,” said the spokeswoman for the EU External Action Service.
He also defended that the European Union “will continue to seek urgent relief” for Venezuelans and “promoting a political solution to the crisis.” “The events of the last 24 hours have raised the concerns of the European Union for the future of democracy in Venezuela,” insisted European diplomacy.
The president of the European Parliament (PT), Antonio Tajani, assured that the institution will not recognize the Constituent Assembly and considered that “the international community can not remain silent in front of so many dead in Venezuela”. “It is very clear that the current regime is clinging to power. The will of the people is to change the regime. That is why it is necessary to go to elections already, “he added.
Tajani considered that “it is a sad day for democracy in Venezuela, in Latin America and in the world since international treaties are being violated.” He said that this vote “is against the will of the people and is not the solution to the serious problems of political confrontation and humanitarian crisis that devastate the country.” He also said that he would consult with the political groups of the European Parliament on the possibility of sending a delegation to the country to assess the situation.