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  • Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez in Montevideo, Uruguay, Dec. 19, 2018.

    Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez in Montevideo, Uruguay, Dec. 19, 2018. | Photo: EFE

Published 30 January 2019

Both countries are inviting other governments that adopted a neutral position and all Venezuelan political forces. 

Uruguay and Mexico are calling for an international conference with governments and institutions to debate on a new dialogue mechanism, including all Venezuelan political forces, to bring peace to the country.

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“The governments of Uruguay and Mexico, from the neutral perspective both have adopted regarding Venezuela, decided to organize an international conference with representatives of the main countries and international institutions that share this position regarding the situation,” reads an official statement issued Wednesday by the Uruguayan foreign ministry.

The conference will take place on Feb. 7 in Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital, and both countries hope it will bring together representatives from more than 10 countries and international institutions who “wish to bet on diplomacy.”

The communique answers U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres' call for a dialogue “against those who deny such a possibility exist.” Both governments adopted a non-intervention position while the Lima Group, the United States and other international institutions rushed to recognize the opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s new interim president and declare President Nicolas Maduro a “usurper” on Jan. 23.

Mexico and Uruguay’s call for an “inclusive and credible dialogue that solves once and for all the situation our Venezuelan siblings are going through.”

The Mexican government, led by the center-left President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has often explained that his administration is sticking to a 1930 foreign policy based on the principles of non-intervention, self-determination and peaceful solution to controversies.

“This is related to a historical tradition of foreign policy in our country. We shouldn’t interfere with the affairs of other peoples and nations because we want no hegemony, no foreign government, interfering in the issues that belong to Mexicans only,” said Lopez Obrador last Friday.

The European Union and some of its members states have explicitly rejected a military intervention in Venezuela, as the Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrel has recently stated.


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