The leader of the delegation of the Venezuelan Unitary Platform, Gerardo Blyde, reported that in the first round of negotiations in Mexico two important agreements were obtained that will have as a priority to address the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
Mr. Blyde assured that the first agreement will focus on the social protection of Venezuelans, where a National Social Care Table will be created which will seek funds for food and healthcare, through access to the international system.
“This table is the product of the experience of the National Vaccination Table, and will have experts from both parties to be productive so we can seek solutions to our problems in the areas of healthcare and nutrition,” he said at a press conference, at the end the first round.
The delegation leader affirmed that they will seek more resources to purchase more vaccines against Covid-19, through the Revolving Fund for Access to Vaccines of the Pan American Health Organization and support for food safety programs of the UN.
Defending national sovereignty
The second agreement will focus on the defense of Venezuelan territory, such as the Essequibo, which “as has been defended in a second document.”
“We have produced a second agreement that unites all Venezuelans, civilians and military (…) The Essequibo belongs to the Venezuelans. We will use all the strength of the Unitary Platform, as well as our international recognition, to be faithful to the defense of our territory,” he assured.
Justice for Venezuela
Mr. Blyde announced commit to the Venezuelan justice system in the next round of negotiations. This will allow the proposed re-institutionalization of Venezuela, which would translate into an independent, sovereign judicial system without political pressure.
“Achieving an independent judicial system in this way will allow Venezuelans to trust, for the first time in a long time, that there will be something to turn to when they feel that the State has failed their rights,” he said.
He reiterated that only with independent justice will it be possible to build a lasting peace and the foundations for a new democracy. “This would allow not only to reduce the scandalous impunity, but also to avoid persecution and is the way to reconquer political and citizen rights, and guarantee compliance with the law,” he said.
He reiterated that the Unitary Platform has maintained the fundamental line of re-institutionalization of Venezuela and the return of democracy.
“In Venezuela there is no democracy and that is undeniable in the eyes of Venezuelans in the country and those who have migrated. Not having democracy means that there are no rules or democratic order that allows Venezuelans to obtain solutions,” he said.
Finally, he asked Venezuelans to feel part of the process that is taking place in Mexico, calling for the participation and defense of the negotiation in support of the Unitary Platform, which needs the integration of all Venezuelans.
“The more integrated we are, the more likely we are to achieve it. We don’t want to sell false expectations. Agreements and decisions may come little by little. We do not believe we own the truth. We will arrive in Venezuela to make the pertinent consultations to advance in decision-making,” he declared.