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Uruguay, Mexico Present Outline For Montevideo Conference

Above Photo: They will overseeing the talk which will be attended by various representatives from the Caribbean, South American, and the European Union. | Photo: Twitter: @SRE_mx

Yesterday, the Venezuelan military blocked a bridge between Venezuela and Colombia that was going to be used for the “humanitarian” intervention into Venezuela. Members of the National Assembly that is in contempt of the Venezuelan Supreme Court and not operating are in Cúcuta, Colombia to organize details of delivery into Venezuela.

Venezuelan police patrol near the Tienditas bridge, this Wednesday. FERNANDO VERGARA AP

Also, Venezuelan authorities seized a cache of U.S-made weapons during an operation in the Aducarga storage yard at the Arturo Michelena International Airport, in the state of Valencia. The arms and equipment came from Miami and included 19 rifles, 118 rifle chargers, 4 rifle holders 3 gun sights, 90 radio antennas, 6 telephones. The arms were allegedly linked to groups attempting a failed coup in Venezuela.

The coup president Guaidó’s representative in Washington, Carlos Vecchio, said that the coup government would no longer require Venezuela to keep a majority stake in the country’s oil company and the country’s oil reserves would be open to foreign investors. He also said that the coup government might not recognize the debt obligations of the Maduro government, in a warning to Russia and China. Vecchio also said Russia should stay neutral if it wants to have a relationship with the coup government in the future.

The conference will foster a platform for respectful negotiations between Venezuela and its opposition.

The agenda for the “Montevideo Mechanism” being held in Uruguay on Thursday will be a four part process, foreign ministers said Wednesday.

International delegates were directed to a press conference lead by Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa and Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrand where they presented a brief outline of the meeting.

Held in hopes to mediate the domestic turmoil between Venezuelan opposition forces and the legitimate Nicolas Maduro administration, the conference will be broken into four segments, the foreign ministers said.

The first mode of action will be to map out the conditions to encourage the two parties to dialogue. Following this, negotiations will ensue, with the international delegation assisting the two Venezuelan sides 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.

“Governments of Mexico, Uruguay, and @CARICOMorg, in attention to the call of the Secretary-General of the #ONU, @antonioguterres agree that the only way to address the situation in Venezuela is the dialogue for negotiation, out of respect for international law and the #DDHH.”

In a Twitter statement, the Mexican Foreign Ministry said, “This initiative is made available to Venezuelan actors as a peaceful and democratic alternative that privileges dialogue and peace, to foster the necessary conditions for a comprehensive, comprehensive and lasting solution.

“This mechanism is testimony to an active, proactive and conciliatory diplomacy to bring the disputing parties closer, and subscribes to the principles of non-intervention, the legal equality of States, the peaceful settlement of disputes, respect for human rights, and the self-determination of peoples,” the statement said.

“Similarly, we reiterate our decision to help restore the tranquility of the Venezuelan people, through dialogue and peace, to reduce tensions between political forces and avoid the threat or use of force,” the minsitry said.

Both Mexico and Uruguay have shown solidarity with Venezuela and Maduro after a coup was attempted on Jan. 23 by Juan Guaido, an opposition lawmaker and the self-proclaimed “interim president” and the United States reiterated its threats of militarized intervention once again.

They will overseeing the talk which will be attended by various Caribbean and South American representatives as well as members of the European Union associated with the International Contact Group, namely Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Costa Rica, Bolivia, and Ecuador.

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