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What the vice president of the European Parliament said about Guaidó and Maduro (exclusively for El Nacional)

« Of course, interim president Guaidó continues to be a valid interlocutor, » said Charanzová. Photo: Courtesy Dita Charanzová

Dita Charanzová, Vice President of the European Parliament in charge of Latin America, sent the Venezuelan people a message of hope and called for the return of freedom to the country. « I want you to know that you are not alone in these difficult times and that you have the full support of Europeans », he indicated.

« We are at the side of the democratic forces in their fight for a free and democratic Venezuela, » he added.

Charanzová He was born in Prague on April 30, 1975. For eight years he worked in the diplomatic services of the Czech Republic. Since 2014 she has been a member of the European Parliament. He is a member of several parliamentary delegations that develop the relations of the European Union with the United States, the countries of Latin America and the Mercosur countries.

In writing, he answered a questionnaire that he sent The National by email.

This Tuesday, January 19, the European Parliament will debate the situation in Venezuela, and Charanzová assured that he will insist on asking the European Union to continue recognizing Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly elected in 2015, to extend the selective sanctions against the Nicolás regime Maduro and that the complaints filed before the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity be supported.

“I believe that we will be able to reach a majority in the European Parliament that shares the position of recognize President Guaidó and support constitutional continuity in Venezuela”, He declared.

“There have been several attempts at negotiations in recent years, but they all failed. I personally believe that we need to put more pressure on Maduro if we want the negotiations to go ahead, ”said the vice president of the European Parliament. Photo: Courtesy Dita Charanzová

‒You announced that next Tuesday there will be a debate on Venezuela in the European Parliament. What can we Venezuelans expect from this discussion? Is it feasible that there is any advance or setback in the recognition of Juan Guaidó as president in charge?

‒The debate and the resolution will be on the latest events in Venezuela, especially the illegitimate inauguration of the National Assembly. I will focus on three priorities: asking that the European Union continue to recognize the democratically elected representatives, that is, President Guaidó and the National Assembly elected in 2015; expanding selective sanctions, which so far have not been enough to pressure the regime; and continue to support complaints in the International Criminal Court. The International Criminal Court recently advanced to the next phase of investigations, and it would be very important for the Court to open the complaint in the coming months.

‒Will the European Union continue with the sanctions regime? Do you see any possible modification in this regard, another type of retaliation against the Maduro regime?

‒The high representative of the European Union, Josep Borrell, mentioned in his statement of January 6 that the European Union is ready to adopt new measures, and for my part I will insist that the member states approve it urgently. I think we have to extend them to more officials of the regime and their families, and prohibit the sale and circulation of Venezuelan blood gold in Europe.

‒The Venezuelan crisis, how is it solved? Do you support dialogue? Let us remember that the Maduro regime has used the spaces for dialogue to buy time and stay in power.

‒There have been several attempts at negotiations in recent years, but they all failed. I personally believe that we need to put more pressure on Maduro if we want the negotiations to go ahead. The regime has to compromise on some basic issues, and it clearly has no incentive to do so at the moment. So far, the targeted sanctions have not been harsh enough to make the Maduro regime react.

‒Is Guaidó still a valid interlocutor? With what other opposition leaders have you had contact?

‒Of course, interim president Guaidó continues to be a valid interlocutor. I also maintain contact with other members of the democratic forces: politicians, human rights defenders and activists.

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