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Source: Chamber of Deputies of Chile

“No one who has the power leaves him to go to hell.” These were the words of Foreign Minister Teodoro Ribera, referring to the search for a way out of the crisis in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and against the one that was invoked, by the Organization of American States (OAS), the activation of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR).

The Secretary of State participated in the Foreign Relations Committee of the Chamber, where he explained Chile’s position regarding the activation of the treaty. “It is required to have a very pragmatic vision to solve the Venezuelan situation,” he said in the instance.

“The key is to generate the conditions for free, democratic elections, with protection of fundamental rights, but that does not mean generating prior aspirations of exclusion or of previous or subsequent punishments,” the minister added.

Faced with this reality, the chancellor explained in the instance that, at the first meeting to make the decision to activate the TIAR, Chile supported the position of Costa Rica, Peru and Panama to support the treaty, however, leaving out all possibility of armed forces intervention. However, this position was not supported and was convened in the established terms.

In a second meeting, Chile presented a proposal where sanctions are proposed for those who are linked to illegal acts and who belong to the dome of Venezuelan power and the creation of a humanitarian corridor, which was approved by most countries, with the exception from Uruguay, who decided to leave the treaty.

This position was criticized by Deputy Pablo Vidal (RD) because, in his opinion, it is “incoherent.” “Although Chile says it does not want the use of force for Venezuela, it ends up approving the treaty that does contemplate it,” he criticized.

He considered that if Chile has such a clear position that the only way out of the Venezuelan crisis is a peaceful, negotiated, democratic solution, then, it should not be accepted to participate, under any point of view, in tools such as these that allow and validate the use of force

For his part, the minister added that in this scenario “the most relevant thing is that the Maduro government understands that it has to have a sincere and open dialogue with the Venezuelan opposition to call free and democratic elections so that a legitimate government can emerge that really represent Venezuela. ”

“To the extent that happens soon, obviously that the tension or pressure to invoke stronger measures in Venezuela will tend to decline,” said the foreign minister.

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