In Peru’s capital, Lima will be hosted on Tuesday an emergency meeting of the American nations’ foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Venezuela in the wake of the recent vote in the country’s Constituent Assembly.
According to Peruvian Interior Minister Carlos Basombrio, the representatives of 18 states, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, and Paraguay are expected to take part in the meeting, convened by the Peruvian government.
The top diplomats will discuss the course of joint actions regarding Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly, which is considered by many Latin American countries to be an illegitimate body which poses a threat to Venezuela’s democracy.
On July 30, Venezuela held an election of members of the Constituent Assembly, a new legislative body with the power to amend the Constitution. The election was held amid mass protests in the country that resulted in 10 deaths on the day of the election and has resulted in over 110 deaths since early April. On August 1, following the election of the assembly, Venezuela’s key opposition figures Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma were seized from their homes by the Venezuelan police.
The actions of the Venezuelan authorities have been strongly criticized by a number of countries, including the Latin American nations, Spain, the United States and the European Union
Spain urges Venezuela to free all political prisoners
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that Madrid demands the release of all political prisoners and free and democratic elections in Venezuela.
Madrid calls on Venezuela to free all people imprisoned for political reasons and stresses its opposition to the recently convened Constituent Assembly, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday following a meeting with King Felipe VI.
“First of all, we condemn the violence, secondly, we demand free and democratic elections, and thirdly, we demand the release of all political prisoners. There are 620 political prisoners in Venezuela at the moment,” Rajoy said at a press conference, broadcast by the 24 Horas news channel.
According to the prime minister, the Spanish government is defending the same values for Venezuela that it is supporting in Spain, namely “freedom, democracy, the respect for people and their rights.”
Rajoy reiterated that the Spanish authorities did not recognize the Constituent Assembly or any decisions it made, considering them illegal and undemocratic, as well as contradicting “the will of Venezuelan citizens.”