This Wednesday, April 28th, the second Ordinary Session of the Foreign Policy Commission was held, chaired by the deputy to the National Assembly, Olivia Lozano.
The purpose of the meeting was the presentation by Deputy Lozano, President of the Foreign Policy, Sovereignty and Integration Commission, of the strategic plan which highlights the development of the pertinent and necessary steps to continue activating all external pressure mechanisms, through the consolidation of international alliances, which allow to contribute together with internal pressure for the holding of fair, free and democratic elections, with international oversight, and so that the results can help address the serious humanitarian crisis and consequently initiate institutional restoration and the rescue of democracy.
The agenda of the Session also included the appearance of the Ambassador of Venezuela in Chile, Carlos Millán, to learn about the implications of the deportations of Venezuelan citizens. In this regard, Ambassador Millán stressed that “from the Embassy of the government in charge in Chile, we are working together with NGOs in Chile to support Venezuelans in the regularization of their immigration status. It is possible to approach the Chilean government to talk about the situation of Venezuelans.”
The president of the Commission undertook to make an appeal to the government of Chile regarding the forced return of Venezuelans, considering the risks and vulnerability to those who are exposed on their return to Venezuela, given the political persecution and the complex humanitarian crisis that involves deterioration of public services, a dismantled economy and the systematic violation of Human Rights.
“The Chilean government knows how difficult it is to be displaced, when this country went through a situation of political crisis, we received many of its citizens, so it is necessary to stop the forced return of Venezuelans in Chile,” said the parliamentarian.
He added: “We are in a position to deal with this situation of Venezuelans in Chile, we will do whatever is necessary to help our fellow citizens in Chile and to this end we will promote joint actions in cooperation with the Embassy of Venezuela in Chile, represented by Ambassador Millán.”
For her part in her brief intervention, Deputy Mariela Magallanes, who was also in the Session, recognized the work carried out by the Embassy that helped reduce the impact of the Chilean government’s decision. She also promised to promote inter-institutional cooperation between the different diplomatic representations and the Foreign Policy Commission, in order to reconcile efforts that favor the exchange of information that facilitate the management of support to our diaspora.
Another of the topics discussed in the session on Wednesday, April 28th, was related to the worrying and serious war situation in Apure between factions of the Dissident FARC and components of the FANB.
In this regard, the deputy Olivia Lozano highlighted that from the Foreign Policy Commission of the legitimate National Assembly a Communiqué was issued recently, signed by a significant number of parliamentarians, in which the national public opinion and the international community were alerted about these serious events and the impact it has had on the civilian population, with more than 6 thousand displaced citizens, and the risk it implies for hemispheric stability.
“It is necessary to take action regarding the suffering of our people caused by the conflict in Apure. The Communiqué issued by the Commission describes the worrying situation affecting Apure State, but these events could also turn into a conflict for the region. We do not have precise information on the casualties of the FANB, but all this is the product of the regime’s relationship with drug trafficking and organized crime,” said the parliamentarian.
The deputy drew attention to the recent Human Rights Watch report, which highlights the arbitrariness and violations of the fundamental rights of the area’s inhabitants, as a result of the confrontations and the cruel and inhuman treatment by the military forces under Nicolas Maduro’s command. “Our borders mourn their dead, mourn the separation of their families, mourn for the abuses of their rights, mourn for the Venezuelan victims of rape, trafficking and exploitation as a consequence of the conflict. That’s why it is necessary to take actions so that families can reunite on Venezuelan soil and never again will a Venezuelan be a victim of these unfortunate situations that violate their human rights.”
“We have to sensitize ourselves on this issue to give help to our nationals, through complaints about the violation of human rights in Apure before multilateral organizations. The only way to end this unfortunate situation and the entire serious humanitarian crisis that the country is experiencing is by holding free, fair and verifiable elections, in order to restore the institutionality, give attention to the most vulnerable and guarantee the rights of all Venezuelans through the rescue of our democracy,” she insisted.
The deputy made particular mention of the need to carry out a national vaccination plan for all Venezuelans without distinction of partiality and/or political preference. She thanked US Senator Rick Scott for the humanitarian and solidarity proposal to send the surplus vaccines in the United States to Venezuela. “From the commission we are grateful for Senator Scott’s initiative to donate vaccines to Venezuela, especially given the complex situation our country is experiencing with respect to the pandemic. This is an action that the Foreign Policy Commission, the entire legitimate National Assembly and the Venezuelan citizens applaud and appreciate,” concluded the parliamentarian.