The situation in Venezuela remains extremely tense. Together with its partners from the EU and Latin America, Germany is committed to rapid humanitarian assistance and free and fair presidential elections. The International Contact Group, consisting of eight European countries and six countries from Latin America, met for the first time in Montevideo yesterday in order to make progress on this path.
Free presidential elections
In its statement, the Contact Group reaffirmed its calls for a peaceful and democratic resolution to the crisis. A key part of this are free, transparent and credible presidential elections in accordance with the Venezuelan Constitution. The Contact Group has called on all sides to refrain from violence and is advocating a return to the rule of law and the separation of powers.
Assistance urgently needed
Germany and its partners are strongly committed to getting rapid assistance to the Venezuelan population. The Contact Group has called for a humanitarian channel to be set up in order, in view of the catastrophic supply situation, to get assistance to the country. Nicolás Maduro has so far refused to allow humanitarian assistance to reach the population; Juan Guaidó, on the other hand, is committed to ensuring rapid deliveries of aid. Germany has set aside five million euros for the population in need.
What happens next?
The Contact Group is seconding a technical mission to Venezuela in order to bring about swift presidential elections as well as access to humanitarian assistance. The Contact Group now intends to hold discussions with relevant stakeholders from Venezuela as regards practical steps in the very near future. It will meet again in early March in order to continue to coordinate its joint efforts to find a way out of the crisis.