The head of European diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, together with the Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez (d) and the head of cooperation and development of the EU, Neven Mimica, on May 15, 2018 in Brussels
The head of European diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, estimated on Tuesday that Cuba could have a „positive role“ to try to find a negotiated solution in Venezuela during a press conference with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodríguez, who defended the legitimacy of Caracas.
„Cuba could play a positive role in trying to avoid more negative events and resume a negotiated political solution“ between the government and opposition, Mogherini said, after highlighting Havana’s role in the peace process in Colombia with the FARC and now with the ELN. .
The former Italian foreign minister reiterated her concern over the conditions of Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela.
„We continue to ask for a process that can be credible, with the participation of all political forces, transparent and with a timetable that allows it,“ said Mogherini, for whom „at the moment it is not so.“
His statements came after the first meeting of the EU-Cuba Joint Council, within the framework of the agreement on political dialogue and cooperation in force since November 1, in which he also discussed regional issues with his Cuban parliament.
Bruno Rodríguez indicated that they maintain „differences“ in the Venezuelan issue, „a sovereign State with a legitimately elected government“ that „deserves respect.“ „It only corresponds to the Venezuelans to decide on their internal affairs,“ he added.
For Cuba, one of the few allies of the government of Nicolás Maduro, „the upcoming celebration of the presidential elections in Venezuela is a reason for hope and confidence that Venezuelans will find a solution to the issues that only they have to solve.“
In November, the 28 European countries approved their first package of sanctions on Venezuela consisting of an arms embargo and material that could be used for „internal repression.“ And, in January, they extended their sanctions with measures against seven high officials of the country.
The head of diplomacy indicated at the beginning of May that they will adjust their actions depending on the evolution of the situation in the country. European chancellors are planning to address the issue of Venezuela during its next meeting on May 28 in Brussels.