The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, declared this Monday that the European Union “cannot recognize the result as legitimate or representative” and Spain cannot recognize this result either “after legislative elections in which “Minimum international standards for a credible process have not been respected”.
“It is no surprise to anyone, it is what I have been maintaining in recent months,” González Laya added about the elections held on Sunday in Venezuela in which Chavismo won without surprises in the parliamentary elections, marked by the high abstention and the call for a boycott made by the opposition sector that supports the leader Juan Guaidó.
The head of Spanish diplomacy has also assured that José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero “you are free to express your opinion”, but it has ignored the recommendation of the former president of the Spanish Government, who has asked the EU to “reflect” on its position regarding Venezuela.
“Mr. Rodríguez Zapatero you are a free citizen to express your opinionHe has expressed it and I respect it, “said González Laya at a press conference after a council of foreign ministers of the countries of the European Union.
Establish a common position in Europe
The Spanish owner, however, has stressed that Spain maintains “its willingness” to favor a “transition process to find a solution to the crisis” through “elections that are credible, free and fair.”
In this sense, González Laya has indicated that until next January 5, when the new directive of the Chamber would be installed, “a process of discussion is opened to see what will be the European position with regard to the National Assembly current and with respect to the president in charge, Juan Guaidó.
In view of this reflection, Spain has suggested that it must “maintain European unity and international convergence”, provide a “response consistent with international law” that “sends a clear political signal” and guarantee that the EU “can maintain the capacity to support for Venezuelans to reach a political solution. “
In this sense, the Spanish minister has made a “very clear call” for “the regime and the opposition” reach “a minimum agreement with regard to the humanitarian response that the Venezuelan people need at this time. “
“Spain follows with great concern the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Venezuela,” said the minister, who, asked about the role of Spain in the debate, said that the Council would “listen carefully to what Spain says and what Portugal says, as Ibero-American countries “.