The Dialogue in Venezuela

2016-11-17 08:51:16 / / Translated by: JC Caballero

The Dialogue in Venezuela

Monsignor Claudio María Cellí, who is the representative of the Vatican, announced that he would continue an agenda to normalize the relations between the public powers, specially the one between the executive power and the Venezuelan National Assembly.

Nicolás Maduro´s government and the Venezuelan opposition agreed to continue carrying out the meetings in view of the dialogue process. I admit the Venezuelan opposition. A huge step has been carried out in the middle of the tensions before sitting out to talk.” The Portal Argentino newspaper quoted.

The related agenda

Monsignor Claudio María Cellí announced that it will be followed an agenda with five aspects:

1- Working together to fight the economic aggression (allowing the distribution of food and medicines).
2- The respect to the autonomy and Constitutionality of the National Assembly.
3- The election of the new members of the National Electoral Council (CNE).
4- A joint statement entitled ´Convivir en Paz´(Coexisting in Peace).
5- A governor from each political side will be participating in the dialogue process.


According to the El Telégrafo daily, Carlos Ocariz, who is the spokesperson of the opposition MUD party, announced the achievements of agreements which have to do with the local opposition´s demands.

Meanwhile, the socialist leader, Jorge Rodríguez, stated that the possibility about a dialogue is strongest than ever and he called the opposition sectors that are not still inside the dialogue to join it. Rodríguez announced that the meetings between the governmental representatives and the local opposition will continue with the reestablishment of some subject matters to discuss political, economic and social matters and a later official meeting on December 6th .

This way, the former Spanish head of state, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, who is one of the mediator of the dialogue fostered by the South American Association Nations (UNASUR) and the Vatican, will create a monitoring commission. The agreement also includes demands by the government such as creating a commission to clarify the political violent events which took place in the last years.

The text of the official communiqué

In accordance with the agreement reached in the plenary meeting that was carried out on October 30th, 2016 at the Alejandro Otero Museum. It has concluded the II plenary meeting today of the National Dialogue, along with the participation of the delegates from the National Government, the MUD, the Holy See, which was represented by Monsignor Claudio María Celli, the former presidents Leonel Fernández, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Martín Torrijos and the UNASUR secretary General and ex-president, Ernesto Samper.

At the beginning of the meeting, The Secretary General of UNASUR, highlighted the commitment of the National Government and the MUD with the dialogue process and the contribution made by them to the peace by updating the call to keep a respectful and peaceful tone in the speech and the political action. The gestures that have happened allow us to predict that the process is strengthening and consolidating.

Monsignor Claudio María Celli brought a personal message sent to the meeting by Pope Francis to keep and continue the path of dialogue which is the only one possible to solve the legitimate differences among the Venezuelans.

Likewise, he pointed out the voices from different sectors of the society have been heard and the faith has been renewed about the chosen path as the right one and on time in terms of having called the representatives of the National Government and MUD to act within the frame of the democratic coexistence, the mutual recognition and respect.

During the meeting, there were four reports from those ones accompanying which were presented. They were about the formal constitution and the progresses of the four Mesas Temáticas (Themes Meetings) where the different sides agreed about deepening and consolidating the smooth running of them. On this context, they highlighted:

The National Government and the MUD assumed the commitment about putting into practice an agenda which enables to normalize the constitutional relation among the power of the State, the reciprocal respect between them and exploring some measurements for the economic accompaniment within the legal framework and respect to the national sovereignty which contribute to improve the population´s supply conditions.

For this purpose, it was agreed to urge the constitutional public powers to:

In the economic and social field, the National Government and the MUD agreed to work together to fight all form of sabotage, boycott or aggression against the Venezuelan economy. It was decided to prioritize the adoption of measures aimed at supplying medicines and food under the base of contributing to promote its production and importation. It was decided to promote the design and application of cooperation policies between the public and private sectors to monitor, oversee and controlling the acquisition and distribution of consumables and merchandizes.

In the political field, it was agreed to progress in relation to the contempt by the National Assembly passed by the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice. In this sense, it was agreed to urge the competent public powers to act in respect to the urgent resolution of the situation of the Amazonas case.

In that same context, it was assumed the agreement about working together with the frame of the established by the Constitution for the appointment of the two officials of the National Electoral Council who finish their term of office on December, 2016.

Within the framework of the National Sovereignty and protecting the territorial integrity, we agreed our unanimous position about the legitimate and inalienable rights of Venezuela about the Esequiba Guayana and the defense of the Geneva Agreement from 1966, which is a legal tool in force between the different parts involved in this territorial controversy.

It was adopted the Joint Statement entitled ´Convivir en Paz.´

Aiming at reinforcing the dialogue institutionally, it was decided to include to the meeting a governor for each of the sides, inviting the representatives of the different segments of the society and creating a Monitoring Commission to continue the process which will be coordinated by the ex-president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and those accompanying the process like Jorge Rodríguez, representing the Bolivarian Government and Luis Aquiles Moreno, representing the MUD.

November 12th, 2016. Caracas city.

By Ana Teresa Badía

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