Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister Luis Videgaray offered to mediate a political agreement process in Venezuela and accused the government of Nicolás Maduro of having “outspokenly authoritarian features” during a conversation on Tuesday in Miami.
If the international community, and this includes Mexico, can assist in the political agreement process through mediation, or be part of some instrument of mediation, (…) and if Mexico can play that role, we are more than ready to do it,”
said Videgaray to journalist Andées Oppenheimer.
During his official visit to Miami, Videgaray discussed Mexico’s position on the Venezuelan crisis and elaborated on the resolution that his government will present on Wednesday at a meeting of foreign affairs ministers of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington.
Venezuela has spent two months of intense mobilization and street protest that have resulted in 59 fatal victims and hundreds of people arrested. Meanwhile, the government accuses the opposition of plotting a coup, and the United States to promote it.
The Foreign Ministers of the OAS will discuss two draft declarations on the Venezuelan crisis on Wednesday, one presented by Peru, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Panama, and the other one by Antigua and Barbuda.
Both are asking Maduro’s government to give up its initiative to convene a Constituent Assembly to draft a new constitution for the country.
The chancellor’s proposals also call for the adoption of an electoral calendar, the cessation of violence and the end of arbitrary arrest, the release of political prisoners and the acceptance of humanitarian assistance by the government.
However, the discussion on Wednesday will occur without the presence of Venezuela, as the country began the formal process of exit of the OAS on April 28th.