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The EU does not recognize the electoral results in Venezuela

Brussels, Dec 7 (EFE) .- The European Union certified this Monday its rejection of the results of the elections in Venezuela and the high representative of Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, announced that he has his sights set on what happens on January 5 , when the mandate of the new National Assembly begins, which Brussels will not recognize. In a joint statement, the Twenty-seven said today that the elections called by the government of Nicolás Maduro did not meet “minimum international standards” and demanded the holding of “credible, inclusive and transparent” legislative and presidential elections. After Sunday’s elections, however, Maduro’s supporters will once again control the National Assembly – now chaired by opposition leader Juan Guadió – when it is constituted in less than a month. “When the new assembly begins its mandate” on January 5, “we will not recognize it,” Borrell said at a press conference, who assured that this will be “the important day.” Until that date, the high representative’s goal is to achieve the maximum possible consensus with the opposition and the countries of the region on how to deal with the new political situation that opened in Venezuela after yesterday’s elections. For this reason, before Christmas he will convene a ministerial meeting of the International Contact Group and will also try to start conversations with the member countries of the Lima Group. Borrell ruled out for now the possibility of imposing sanctions on the Maduro regime: “We have not entered into other matters,” he said at the end of the meeting that the EU foreign ministers held today in Brussels, in which they approved the statement rejecting the electoral result. Upon his arrival at the meeting, the former Spanish Foreign Minister noted the low turnout in the elections and regretted that they were finally held, despite his attempts to delay them in order to reach an agreement between the Maduro government and the opposition. “No one but me has worked to try to make these elections inclusive and create the conditions for the participation of the opposition and that the EU could recognize the result. I did a lot, but I did not achieve much,” Borrell said. HUMAN RIGHTS Beyond talking about the situation in Venezuela, the foreign ministers also approved the new EU sanctions regime against perpetrators of human rights violations anywhere in the world. The new rule, based on the Magnitsky Law of the United States, will give the EU more flexibility to impose its sanctions because they can be applied against specific individuals or entities, without having to issue punitive measures to the country from which they come. Specifically, the assets that those sanctioned have in the EU may be frozen and those who commit attacks against human rights, such as genocide, torture, crimes against humanity, rapes, trafficking in persons or forced disappearances will be prevented from entering Community territory. . However, despite the fact that the EU achieves greater flexibility to apply its sanctions, the requirement of having them approved unanimously by the Twenty-seven remains. TURKEY The last meeting of the year of the foreign ministers was held in a “complicated context,” said Spain’s Arancha González Laya. The minister referred to the negotiations that Brussels and London are trying to reach at the last minute to reach an agreement on Brexit, the blockade of Hungary and Poland on European funds or the tensions with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean. On this last point, the heads of European diplomacy agreed that the relationship with Ankara has deteriorated in the last two months, although they left the decision on possible sanctions to the Heads of State and Government, who will meet in Brussels the next Thursday and Friday. Greek diplomatic sources assured EFE that at the meeting that European leaders will hold later this week in Brussels, the Hellenic Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, will ask his partners to impose an arms sales embargo on Turkey. UNITED STATES The ministers also pledged to boost relations with the United States once the president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, takes office on January 20. The EU hopes that with Biden’s victory, multilateralism can be strengthened, the United States commits itself again to the Iranian nuclear pact, Washington accepts greater commitments in the fight against climate change, and trade tensions between the two can be resolved. blocks. (c) EFE Agency

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