“An integral reconstruction of our country is the main challenge for the rebirth of democracy and freedom in Venezuela to overcome this long and dark chapter that we have gone through and that we are working for it to soon to come to an end,” highlighted this Wednesday the Venezuelan Ambassador in Belgium, Mary Ponte.
The Venezuelan official participated together with her colleague from Costa Rica, Maria Faria, in the conversation “Venezuela: Challenges and Opportunities for Democracy,” moderated by the Nicaraguan Congresswoman, now exiled in Costa Rica, Edipcia Dubon.
In view of the whole process to come that corresponds to Venezuela, especially when the proposal of the Unitary Pact starts to consolidate, Ponte highlights as a priority the support of the international community: “We have achieved the recognition by the European Union of President (E) Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly as the only body legitimately elected by the Venezuelan citizens, and we feel an increasing support from the EU with respect to the Venezuelan cause”.
In a frank conversation with Congresswoman Dubón, Ponte recalled “the situation of Venezuelan migrants and refugees, which exceeds 5.5 million and continues to increase.”
She made several points in this regard:
“First of all, there is a situation of violation of the right to identity of Venezuelans that is affecting the diaspora in the receiving countries,” said the ambassador.
On the other hand, the high official emphasized that it is impossible to avoid the situation that is presented as a consequence of the Covid-19 and the economic crisis that is overlapping at a global level and that is directly affecting our migrants and refugees.
“This has generated waves of Venezuelan walkers who travel all over South America, moving from one country to another, enduring travails and needs. If the walkers had to make their journey in Europe it would be the equivalent of walking from Madrid to Helsinki in Finland,” she said.
To close her intervention, the Ambassador before the EU emphasizes that “the Complex Humanitarian Emergency that does not distinguish between political colors or classes is why we Venezuelans must keep united to achieve the much longed for freedom of Venezuela”.
— Embajada de Venezuela en Bélgica y Unión Europea (@EmbajadaVE_BE) September 10, 2020