The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, on Thursday received the representatives of the International Contact Group of the European Union in the main office of Miraflores Palace, as part of the disposition to dialogue demonstrated by the Bolivarian Government. The Contact Group is made up of Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, among other nations that attended this first high-level meeting.
Among the issues addressed were respect for International Law and sovereignty, the process of dialogue with different stakeholders and the cessation of unilateral and coercive measures imposed by the US government against the Venezuelan people.
The chancellor of the Republic, Jorge Arreaza, also participated in the meeting.
The representatives of this International Contact Group (ICG) of the European Union fulfilled on Thursday an agenda that included a meeting with members of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and diplomatic representatives in the Casa Amarilla in Caracas.
Venezuela has several times rejected statements of the International Contact Group that are influenced by the European Union and have a position which replicate the one of the United States in terms of establishing preconditions to negotiations. In contrast Venezuela has reiterated its commitment to the Montevideo Mechanism as a formula for international negotiations to solve the situation in Venezuela and which does not insist on pre-conditions.
Among these preconditions from the ICG, the departure of the legal and constitutional government of Nicolas Maduro is the most unusual and unaceptable to Venezuelan authorities, based on principles of basic international relations: sovereignty and non-intervention in internal affairs.
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