Madrid – Washington
Before the exit of chavismo of the negotiations with the opposition in Mexico and the mounting evidence of interference and manipulation of the November regional elections, a group of countries implicated in the democratization of Venezuela prepares a campaign to support Juan Guaidó as the last repository of constitutional legitimacy in the country, according to sources consulted by ABC. They are diplomats from Canada, the United States, Colombia, Brazil, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany, who form the group called in English ‘Concerned Democracies’, or ‘Concerned Democracies’. It is also known as’Small Group Canada‘, because it is this country that coordinates and mediates the meetings.
For now, the exit from the regime of the talks, does not change the course of
electoral process of November 21. Solvent sources assure ABC that despite the fact that Maduro left the table for the extradition to the United States of Alex Saab, the Unitary Platform, where the four most important opposition political parties converge, will continue to participate in the elections although the minimum conditions that allow them to attend the polls with guarantees have not been achieved.
After the sit-in of the official delegation, the Unitary Platform issued a statement where they indicated that “they wanted to address in depth all the issues on the agenda because only in this way will we reach agreements that produce solutions for the country.” They also reaffirm the position of the interim government to continue denouncing to the international community that the conditions do not exist to participate in “truly free and democratic elections.” But despite that, they will attend in Unity under the MUD (the Democratic Unity Table) ballot.
The democracies involved, led by Canada, act with caution due to the regime’s strategy, assisted by the Government of Spain and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, that the party of Henrique Capriles have a leading role in the negotiations. In North American diplomacy there is the impression that the presence of Capriles’ party at that table prevented an agreement, and that it was promoted by Borrell and Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
As he says Elliott Abrams, who was a special US envoy for Venezuela in the previous Administration, “in the summer of 2020, Borrell began working with Capriles instead of working with the main opposition, and thus trying to negotiate an agreement with the regime of Mature. When that happened, I was working in the State Department and I asked several of the European governments why they accept this, and the answer that I received from several capitals was that they had not been informed beforehand. It was Borrell ».
The US has also officially said that there are signs of fraud in the regional elections. The new Undersecretary of State for Latin America said it, Brian Nichols, on Thursday, referring to the observer mission sent by the EU to Venezuela: “We have already seen disqualified candidates and detained people who cannot participate in the pre-election process. And the limitations and restrictions on access to the media and other problems for the opposition to compete on equal terms. So those factors need to be taken into account, not just what happens on Election Day when people go to the polls.
With trading frozen and signs of electoral fraud In progress, the aforementioned allied countries do not believe that there can be verifiable presidential or legislative ones. Therefore, the sources consulted say, Guaidó, recognized as president in charge by fifty nations, must remain in office.
Yesterday it was also learned that the Maduro regime has smoothed out rough edges with Europe and that the EU observation mission to the regional elections is now welcome back to Venezuela. The president of the National Electoral Council, Pedro Calzadilla, He assured that the ‘impasse’ they had last week due to Borrell’s statements on the role that the EU would have during its participation in the Venezuelan elections has been overcome.
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