Firm and decisive was the message that the President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, sent from Brussels to the Venezuelans and the world, after a series of meetings in that European city, framed in the so-called International Agenda 2020.
“We are looking for the tools to put an end to the tragedy in Venezuela. The support of the world will be fundamental in the fight; a truly free choice is the request of the Venezuelans”.
He said that the tragedy that Venezuelans are experiencing has crossed borders through the five million men, women, children and elderly who have fled the country in search of quality of life. He said it is the second most severe refugee crisis in the world after Syria, South Sudan or Yemen, countries that are or were at war; the difference being that “in Venezuela there was no war, but the pain was felt.”
“There are seven million Venezuelans who are in a complex humanitarian emergency; or for example, the JM de Los Rios, the main pediatric hospital in Venezuela, which does not have water for pediatric cancer treatment or to attend an emergency. I am here on behalf of those Venezuelans who do not have a voice. That is why we are in Europe, in Brussels, to look for the tools to put an end to the tragedy.”
The President thanked MEPs for their welcome and congratulated them on being able to reach their natural place of work, Parliament, on foot, without any obstacles, as is the case in Venezuela where the Federal Legislative Palace has been taken over by the regime’s “military and paramilitary” for the last 15 days.
The European Parliament recognized and congratulated the firmness of the Venezuelan MPs who have not given in to the constant threats and intimidation of the regime. He denounced the kidnapping of parliamentarian Ismael León, which occurred on Tuesday when he was on his way to the session that was to be held in a square; given the impossibility of doing so in the Federal Legislative Palace.
In the International Agenda 2020 developed in Brussels, Guaidó met with the European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Policy, Joseph Borrell; the Vice President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas; representatives of the EU, G7 and some ambassadors of the Lima Group.
The Presidential Commissioner for Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Julio Borges; the Venezuelan Ambassador to the US, Carlos Vecchio; and the Venezuelan Ambassador to Belgium, Mary Ponte accompanied Guaidó in the government meetings held by President (e) Guaidó.
A GREAT OPPORTUNITY
According to President (e) Juan Guaidó, Venezuela has a “great opportunity” for recovery.
“I ask the Venezuelans to see that we are not alone. We have a huge opportunity for recovery. It has been years of struggle, of effort, of building a majority. I tell you that the struggle for democracy has no moments.”
He asked Europe to characterize the gold extracted illegally in Venezuela as “blood gold”, to improve the process of personal sanctions against human rights violators and corrupt people so that they do not think they can make a mockery of the free world, to support everything that has to do with the refugee crisis in the region, and to not allow evil to be trivialized.
He said that “sanctions, despite being controversial, are the tools that the free world has to put pressure on regimes (like that of Venezuela).”
“What is happening in Venezuela is a few people supporting the dictatorship. The logic of Maduro’s dictatorship is not to respond to the logic of politics, but of a cartel. Today the world is aware of the risk that Maduro represents”.
On relations with Spain he said “we can soon see a miracle and hope for it”.
The International Agenda 2020, launched by the President in charge of Venezuela on January 19th, had Brussels as the third country to visit for the consolidation of support in the fight for the country’s freedom.
In Colombia, where Guaidó arrived after evading the controls of the dictatorship, he held meetings with President Iván Duque and his government cabinet; but also with the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo; and with the special envoy of Donald Trump’s government for Venezuela, Elliot Abrams.
On Tuesday 21st he flew to Europe, the first stop being the United Kingdom, where he was received by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Minister Dominic Raab. In these meetings, Guaidó thanked their support for Venezuela, as well as for the recognition and support for the struggle to achieve a democratic transition and a solution to the crisis that has caused the largest migration in the region; seven million Venezuelans are at risk of death, among other calamities.
This Thursday, January 23rd, the President in charge of Venezuela will arrive in Davos, Switzerland, to participate as a speaker in the International Economic Forum of Davos.