Jorge Rodríguez, President of the Chavista Parliament
The Venezuelan dictatorship will not sign “any agreement” with the opposition grouped in the Unitary Platform, with which it is holding a negotiation process in Mexico, until the economic sanctions against the country are lifted, the head of the delegation said Thursday. Chavista for dialogue, Jorge Rodríguez.
“Venezuela is not going to sign any agreement with that sector of the national opposition until it is 100% free of sanctions. Until the 765 unilateral coercive measures signed by (the former presidents of the United States) Donald Trump and Barack Obama are lifted, we are not going to do it,” he said in an act for the “Day of Bolivarian Anti-imperialism” in Caracas.
The also president of the Chavista Parliament recalled that last November a social agreement was signed between the regime and the opposition, which contemplates the recovery of more than 3,000 million dollars from the Venezuelan State that are blocked in the international financial system, and reproached that this pact has not yet been fulfilled.
He assured that this non-compliance is due to the fact that the opposition “does not have a word”, which has not allowed the agreement to be carried out, that is, the creation of a trust fund -managed by the United Nations- to channel items destined to alleviate hunger, diseases and other needs in the South American country.
Rodríguez considered it “immoral” that anti-Chavismo sectors, which previously called for sanctions against the Nicolás Maduro regime, now call for “fair” and “free” elections, alluding to the presidential elections that the country must hold in 2024.
The representative of the Venezuelan opposition Gerardo Blyde Pérez, the director of the Norwegian Center for Conflict Resolution Dag Nylander and the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Jorge Rodríguez, during a press conference in Mexico City (EFE / José Méndez)
“The dialogues are not for pardons, the dialogues are to agree, in the terms in which they can be agreed, free, competitive, democratic elections and without forgetting,” he concluded.
The dictatorship has conditioned the continuity of the talks in Mexico on the opposition complying with “the return to the people of Venezuela of the 3,200 million” agreed in the social agreement and whose return to the country, he assures, depends on the efforts of the anti-Chavistas.
Weeks ago, Maduro also questioned the return to dialogue with the opposition, considering that there are no certainties or guarantees on the part of the anti-Chavistas for the negotiation.
“If they cannot comply with an agreement that was discussed for months, that was signed with international guarantors, with international observers, what guarantees, what certainty, what motivation can the revolutionary government have (…) to return to sit down at a table with that sector? None, ”said the dictator during his participation in a program broadcast by the regime’s propaganda channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV).
In line with what was stated by Jorge Rodríguez, Maduro accused the Unitary Platform of breaking its word by not specifying the Second Partial Agreement for the Protection of the Venezuelan People, signed in November by both parties and which contemplates the recovery of resources withheld in the international financial system due to blockade.
Maduro once again questioned the return to negotiations with the opposition (REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria)
“It is the reality of a sector that has no word, that they called for sanctions, that they called for an invasion, that now they are trying to apologize and wash their faces, that they sit down to speak for the call that we have made, that they sign a agreement for 3,200 million that do not comply, do not recognize it, “he insisted.
In recent weeks, the Chavista and opposition delegations have accused each other of obstructing compliance with the agreement, which has kept the continuity of the talks in Mexico on hold.
The dialogues in Mexico resumed in November 2022 after being suspended for 15 months after the extradition to the United States of businessman Alex Saab, accused of money laundering and accused of being Maduro’s front man.
(With information from EFE)
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