Venezuela, time for agreements
King Solomon did not felt he was suitable to rule over the people of God under the circumstances. In spite of such thought, he did not brag about his power, but rather opened his heart to sincerity: Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10). The result was most promising. Solomon did not only receive the grace from his people but also from his enemies. He was known for ruling an era of peace and prosperity. To reach to that point, meant he had to be humble before God and men to later be praised.
That is the path that Nicolas Madura seems to go through when accepting the Vatican’s invitation to talk to the opposition.
The key that opens the gates to success is called sincerity. Solomon surrendered with a genuine heart. Maduro’s actions are yet to be seen. The real intentions of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela are still unknown.
Even the opposition parties somewhat doubt the success of such initiative. Jesús Torrealba, executive secretary of the opposition alliance expressed that the attendance to the exploration meeting was purported to meet the Vatican’s invitation. Therefore, the parties of the Mesa de Acción Democrática (Democratic Unity Table) (comprised by Acción Democrática, Primero Justicia and Un Nuevo Tiempo) attended to the meeting. The difference was determined by the Voluntad Popular party together with their leader Leopoldo Lopez when emphasizing in each of the violations to their political rights and therefore excusing their attendance. Furthermore, a deadline has been set for the government to show results for such talks: November 12. On the other hand, all four parties expressed their agreement in demanding the termination of repression and violation of political rights against democratic politicians and the people. Likewise, they are supporting impending political changes which include the parliamentary assessment of President Maduro’s political responsibility due to the humanitarian crisis in the country.
In a parallel situation, which has the same protagonist, Venezuela was excluded from the meeting held by the Foreign Affairs Ministries of Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, upon the culmination of the 25th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State (October 28 and 29) which takes place every two years summoning the presidents of all Ibero-America. Basically, the Ministers decided to make a follow-up to the mediation offered by the Vatican.
However, Venezuela still holds the exercise of the temporary presidency of Mercosur, consequently, the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has described the meeting between Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay upon culmination of the summit in Cartagena, Colombia as “Illegal“. They have decided to leave the application of the Democratic Clause in standby (Ushuaia Protocol) which would mean the later expulsion of Venezuela from the block. Anyway, Venezuela had already received a deadline until December to adjust its internal regulations in order to comply with the Mercosur requirements.
There revocation referendum against Maduro, plus the high levels of inflation (one of the highest in the world), social uprising, violation of political rights and the lack of supplies have furthered the difference in opinions about what to do with Venezuela. While Mauricio Macri thinks that Venezuela should no longer be a member of Mercosur due to high figures in human rights violations, Tabaré Vasquez still believes in the commitment acquired through the word and defends the mechanisms of direct democracy.
In chess there are six kinds of pieces: the pawn, the rook, the knight, the bishop, the queen and the king. Lets hope that this new dialogue channel does not turn out to be a scam, let alone a strategy by Maduro to move the pieces to his will, wherein the countries in the block are pawns of a king that has lost all his loyalties but who still rules by force.
By Gretel Ledo
International Political Analyst. Master in International Relations between Europe and Latin America (Università di Bologna). Attorney, Majored in Political Sciences and Sociologist (UBA).
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