Expressing criticism of the pressure exerted by US political sectors against the Biden administration’s rapprochement with Nicolás Maduro’s government in Venezuela, a group of anti-Chavistas presented a letter in which they described the failure of illegal US sanctions.
Joshua Goodman of Associated Press shared the letter through his Twitter account, and noted that the signatories advocated the return of oil companies to Venezuelan soil.
“The economic sanctions and the policy of maximum pressure did not achieve their objectives,” reads the document. “While the sanctions are not at the root of the humanitarian emergency in Venezuela, they have severely exacerbated conditions for the average Venezuelan.”
Group of 25 Maduro opponents send letter to @POTUS urging the U.S. to ease sanctions and allow Western oil companies to return to Venezuela.
The signatories criticize "domestic political pressures" (i.e. Florida) that they argue has slowed Biden's tentative outreach to Maduro. pic.twitter.com/kO1FRF6DqS
— Joshua Goodman (@APjoshgoodman) April 14, 2022
Among the signatories were spokespersons for various opposition currents and organizations, namely Leida Marcela León, Luis Oliveros, Manuel Sutherland, Marianela Herrera, Mariela Ramírez, Michael Penfold, Pablo Zambrano, Rafael Quiroz, Reinaldo Quintero, Ricardo Cusanno, Tamara Herrera, Víctor Álvarez, Alejandro Sucre, Alfredo Padilla, Andrés Rojas, Blanca Vera Azaf, Feliciano Reyna, Francisco Rodríguez, Jorge Botti; also Jorge Makrinotis, José Guerra, José Gil Yepes, Jose Manuel Puente, Juan Ernesto Aguilera, and Luis Vicente León.
The letter requesting relief from illegal US sanctions was addressed to US President Biden, high officials of the House of Representatives, and the Senate of the US Congress.
Among their proposals, they called on the White House authorities to continue promoting dialogue, and expressed their opinion that “there is no time to lose.” They also asked the spokespeople of the Venezuelan government and the so-called Unitary Platform of the opposition to resume negotiations.
“75% of Venezuelans forcefully reject sectoral sanctions and only 10% want them to remain,” added the signatories. “It is clear that these types of sanctions have not benefitted the Venezuelan people.” The signatories represented themselves as members of the private sector and of Venezuelan civil society.
Featured image: Hand holding small US and Venezuelan flags. File photo.
(RedRadioVE) by José Manuel Blanco Díaz
Translation: Orinoco Tribune