Political and Social Dialogue is Venezuela’s Way to Peace

The political dialogue, necessary with opposition sectors, focused the call made on Thursday by Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, to join efforts in favor of peace. Besides, the Venezuelan government reiterated their willingness to work in finding joint solutions to address national issues.

The route, which aims to foster peace and stability of the country, was raised by Maduro during a press conference with 26 national and international media outlets. The meeting was held at the Miraflores presidential palace, Caracas.

Maduro spoke about his conviction that this dialogue process will be achieved and said he has kept in touch “with the opposition but they are secret meetings, but I want us to hold a dialogue with a proper agenda, it is necessary for the peace of the country,” indicating that he proposed as a first point “to demobilize their groups in the Altamira square (Chacao) and stop bringing children to their protests.”

During the meeting, he also addressed other issues, such as the media campaign against his government, as well as the support Venezuela will offer to foster dialogue among members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, an issue affecting oil prices.

As for the dialogue process with the national opposition, President recalled that countries such as El Salvador, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominican Republic and Uruguay will lend their support to the efforts of former presidents Jose Rodriguez Zapatero (Spain), Leonel Fernandez (Dominican Republic) and Martin Torrijos (Panama), as well as the Vatican to find a national solution.

In 2016, parties belonging to the opposition coalition MUD engaged in talks with the Government, but this year they have refused to do so.

Inclusion of all sectors

In the press conference, Maduro also spoke about the National Constitutional Assembly (ANC, Spanish acronym), he convened last May to go to a great dialogue with all sectors of the country.

“I have a huge hope that the National Constituent Assembly with all its original plenipotentiary power will unlock and end all the mafias attacking the economy, attacking the society but at the end they are attacking citizens, ordinary citizens,” he said.

He denounced that such an important process has been made invisible by the international press and explained that it is a choice to include historically excluded sectors, such as people with disabilities, peasants and fishermen.

In state media, the President recalled that after his repeated calls for dialogue to opposition sectors, he decided to undertake this constituent process pertinent in moments when peace is essential.

Victory at the OAS

The president also celebrated the victory of Venezuela in the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), an international organization that, after a new attempt to undermine national sovereignty, did not obtain the necessary votes to justify an intervention by foreign forces against the country.

Therefore, he praised the support received from Caribbean countries. “The Caribbean (the islands) has come to protect Venezuela from threats as a brother does,” he said.

He revealed that, taking into consideration the approval of an OAS resolution that would promote an intervention, MUD spokesmen were prepared last Monday to broadcast a communique whose purpose was to call the insurrection in the country.

Maduro also urged the Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Diaz, to regain balance in the exercise of her functions and, with it, to guarantee full access to justice in the face of the actions of sectors encouraging violence across the country.

The President recalled that the revolutionary process has made more than 20 elections and ratified that members of the Constituent Assembly will be elected next July 30, while on December 10 will be the turn for governors. He also confirmed that 2018 will be the year to hold elections to elect mayors and the President of the Republic.

Other issues addressed by the Bolivarian Revolution, in its 18 years, were also mentioned by Maduro, as the support of the Cuban people in the historic struggle to defend their sovereignty before the siege of the United States Government.

Venezuela’s President reaffirms readiness for dialogue with US government

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro reaffirmed Wednesday the Bolivarian Government’s willingness to hold dialogue with the US government, within the framework of respect and national sovereignty.

“Today we are standing here victorious and ready to dialogue with anyone who wants to talk, including the government of the United States,” president said in a ministerial council meeting at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas.

“We have to dialogue and if President Donald Trump manages to visualize with a hoop of light, the truth of Venezuela, I could even talk to him,” he added.

Likewise, the president announced that in the coming days a commission of five countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) will come to the country to promote and support the dialogue with sectors of the Venezuelan opposition.

Last May, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez reported that Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, El Salvador and Uruguay –CELAC countries– joined the dialogue with Venezuelan opposition sectors.

AVN –23/06/2017