Today many countries from around the world participated in the Conference for Democracy in Venezuela that was held in Lima. The International Contact Group (ICG) thanks the Peruvian government for its organization and the inclusive nature of the invitations that were issued. This clearly demonstrates that the Venezuelan crisis is a global concern. On this occasion, the ICG reaffirms the urgent need for a peaceful and democratic exit from the rapidly deteriorating crisis that is seriously affecting the region, particularly due to massive migration flows to neighboring countries.
The seriousness of the results of the recently published report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation in the country cannot leave any conscience unmoved.
It is essential that regional and international actors act in an articulated and complementary manner in support of a peaceful restoration of democracy, the rule of law and the human rights, property rights and freedom to rule of Venezuela. This must come from a negotiated transition that returns the voice to the Venezuelan people, through free and credible presidential elections.
In this context, the international contact group reaffirms its full support for the participation of Venezuelan national actors in the ongoing talks in Barbados facilitated by the Norwegian government. A negotiated result remains the only sustainable way to overcome this multidimensional crisis. The ICG reiterates its strong rejection of any violent solution, and calls on the parties to commit themselves in good faith and with a spirit of commitment, to achieve urgent concrete results that allow transparent and internationally monitored elections, the re-institutionalization of the relevant public powers and the National promotion reconciliation and economic recovery.
The International Contact Group will continue its work to support an electoral path as peaceful as an exit to the crisis in close cooperation with all relevant actors in the region and the international community. The ICG will also persist in promoting increased emergency assistance, better coordinated and unrestricted for those in need, as well as in host countries, in accordance with the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence.