UNASUR Summit on Venezuela with Open Agenda

venez_maduro_punoLima, Apr 18 – The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) will hold a summit here dedicated to discussing the situation in Venezuela with an open agenda, but under the premise of recognizing the electoral victory of President Nicolas Maduro.The open agenda was confirmed last night by Peruvian Foreign Minister Rafael Roncagliolo, while announcing that President Ollanta Humala had called the meeting of statesmen as Peru holds the pro tempore presidency of UNASUR.

“We believe that it is important to analyze the situation jointly, as we’ve done with other situations in the past; the agenda is open in order to have an opportunity for joint dialogue,” the minister said.

Roncagliolo said that statesmen from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Suriname and Uruguay have confirmed their attendance at the event.

Diplomatic sources stated that Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa will send a representative, as he is touring Europe, while Maduro has also confirmed that he will send a delegate.

He recalled that the South American countries and Mexico, among others, have recognized results of the Venezuelan election, but it is important that leaders meet to gain perspective on the political situation in Venezuela.

Other local diplomatic sources said that the premise of the meeting is the recognition of the validity of the Venezuelan electoral process that defeated opponent Henrique Capriles refuses to accept, being backed in his position by the United States.

Source: Prensa Latina

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