The presidents of the countries of the region rejected the presence of Nicolás Maduro’s regime at the XXVII Ibero-American Summit in Andorra.
The outgoing president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, described as “not pleasant” that the presence of the dictatorship “in a summit of international relevance” has been allowed.
“I cannot accept that the delegate of a government that does not comply with political ethics, nor good government, much less respect for human rights, be incorporated,” he said.
On the other hand, the president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, referred in a few minutes to the serious crisis in Venezuela and took the opportunity to reiterate his rejection of the dictatorship.
“We like to talk while looking into each other’s eyes. That is why we take the opportunity to firmly tell Nicolás Maduro or whoever represents him, that he must open the doors and windows to democracy,” he said.
The President of Colombia, Iván Duque, on Wednesday asked the governments of Latin America not to neglect the crisis in Venezuela for the fight against the pandemic and called on them to act to end the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro.
“It is urgent that in the particular case of the Republic of Venezuela, we see the end of the dictatorship, a call for free elections and a transitional government,” Duque said in his message during the meeting held in Soldeu, Andorra.
Likewise, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, José Antonio Dos Santos, rejected the presence of the regime at the Ibero-American Summit of States and Governments and highlighted his concern for the serious democratic and human rights crisis that Venezuela is experiencing.
“We regret the presence of officials from Nicolás Maduro’s regime at this meeting and our presence at this event does not imply any recognition (…) We urge that this country return the rule of law through free elections and with all guarantees,” he declared.
This Wednesday the Ibero-American Summit was held in Andorra, where countries from Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula meet to give a common response to the crisis derived from the pandemic and international financing, in addition to the crisis in Venezuela that has been mentioned by different leaders of the world.