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    Bolivia's President Evo Morales speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace La Casa Grande del Pueblo in La Paz, Bolivia, Feb. 5, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 7 February 2019

Bolivia's President Evo Morales gives his support to the Venezuela dialogue, says 'U.S. interventions have never solved problems.”

Bolivian President Evo Morales gave his continued support for the International Contact Group talks taking place Thursday in Uruguay to begin discussing a resolution to the deepening political situation in Venezuela.

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Unlike the United States and its allies who are calling for military intervention in Venezuela to complete their coup, the representatives of several European and Latin American countries gathered in Montevideo are relying on dialogue and negotiations to find a solution.

The International Contact Group (ICG) on Venezuela was proposed by Mexico and Uruguay shortly after an internal coup d’etat was attempted on elected President Nicolas Maduro on Jan. 23 by the previously unknown opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido who proclaimed himself interim president.

“We express our support for the proposal promoted by # Mexico, #Uruguay, countries of the EU and the Caribbean as a solution to the situation in #Venezuela. We wish for a peaceful solution within the framework of respect for the sovereignty of the peoples established by the UN and OAS Charters,” the Bolivian president wrote in his Twitter account Thursday morning prior to the opening of the international meeting.

Bolivia’s representative at the group talks, Foreign Minister Diego Pary said Tuesday that the solution should focus on dialogue.

Named the “Montevideo Mechanism” the group talks will consist of four parts as introduced Wednesday by the Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa and Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrand.

The first phase will establish conditions for the meetings to encourage dialogue. Following this, negotiations will start with international delegations assisting the two Venezuelan sides to debate their demands, concessions, and the results of the initial talk. The third step will be to commit to these agreements and, finally, implement the changes into government policy.

The ICG members will mediate between national parties, to “identify the way forward, required steps and confidence-building measures for all relevant national actors to engage seriously in a credible process,” EU representatives said in January.

Morales added on Thursday in a later tweet: “We welcome the meeting of #Uruguay. ... The people have a moral obligation to defend peace. History has taught that US interventions have never solved problems.”


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