The joint motion for a resolution rejecting the violations of the democratic, constitutional and transparent functioning of the National Assembly, as well as the acts of intimidation, violence and arbitrary decisions against Members of Parliament was presented at the plenary session of the European Parliament held yesterday, July 9th.
The resolution, approved today Friday with 487 votes in favor and 119 against, denounces “the undemocratic appointment of new members of the National Electoral Council and the suspension of the current national leadership of several parties against the will of its members. It also reiterated its recognition and support for Juan Guaidó as the legitimate president of the National Assembly and the legitimate interim president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in accordance with Article 233 of the Venezuelan Constitution, while demanding free elections in Venezuela.
The Venezuelan ambassador in Belgium, Mary Ponte, stressed that “the most important thing to highlight about the resolution presented and voted on is that it includes and draws attention to the seriousness of the attacks on the parties and democracy, while demanding free and democratic elections, as we have been promoting them as the only peaceful and democratic solution.”
The resolution calls for the creation of conditions that will enable free, transparent and credible presidential and legislative elections to be held on the basis of a fixed timetable, fair conditions for all parties, transparency and the presence of credible international observers, as the only way out of the crisis, thereby excluding any violent or military action, while calling on the Union and other international actors to encourage a response from the international community that will help to restore democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela as a matter of urgency.
Within the framework of the efforts that have been carried out by the National Assembly, the only legitimate constituted power, and the ambassadors of the interim government, Deputy Armando Armas, president of the Foreign Policy Commission of the Venezuelan National Assembly, held meetings with his European counterparts in which he has exposed the serious humanitarian crisis that Venezuela is experiencing highlighting his meeting with European Deputy David McAllister, which contributed to the presentation of this resolution and so consolidating the cooperation between the National Assembly and the European Parliament.
“Our strategy is based on dismantling the Delinquent State that is today led by Nicolas Maduro. Today there is a univocal determination of the international community to reject the electoral fraud of the drug trade,” said Armando Armas.
The resolution voted in the European Parliament also highlights the renewed support for the National Assembly as [the only democratic body in Venezuela that is legitimately elected and whose powers must be respected, including the prerogatives and security of its members]. MEPs believe that respect for democratic institutions and principles and the defense of the rule of law [are essential conditions for finding a solution to the crisis in Venezuela for the benefit of its people].
In this regard, Deputy Commissioner Isadora Zubillaga, appreciates the fact that they also ask for formality for the diplomatic corps of the interim presidency. “(T)hat is to say, they are more committed to us every day… the work that our ambassadors and diplomatic representatives have been doing has been decisive in the consolidation of alliances and we continue to work on expanding the international support base that will allow us to continue to put pressure on the regime and contribute to the solution of such a serious conflict,” Zubillaga said.
Another point in the resolution that is important to highlight is the full support for the ICC’s investigations into the widespread crimes and acts of repression perpetrated by the Venezuelan regime and urges the Union to support the initiative of the States party to the ICC to open an investigation into the crimes against humanity committed by the de facto government of Nicolás Maduro while calling for the list of those recently sanctioned to be extended and for their movements and those of their closest relatives to be restricted, and for their assets to be frozen and their visas to be cancelled. It also calls for an immediate ban on the trade and movement of illegal blood gold from Venezuela.
The resolution also demands the immediate release of all political prisoners and an end to the torture, ill-treatment and harassment of political opponents, human rights defenders and peaceful demonstrators, as well as the return of all those who have been unjustly forced into exile, and calls for a fact-finding mission to be sent to Venezuela to assess the situation.