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Venezuela: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 10th April 2019.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress the European Union International Contact Group on Venezuela has made since its first meeting in Montevideo on 7 February in forging a common international approach to support a peaceful, political and democratic resolution to the situation in Venezuela.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

The inaugural meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) took place in Montevideo on 7 February 2019. The ICG commissioned two Technical Working Groups, one on elections and one on humanitarian aid, that visited Caracas between 20-22 March. The ICG Ministerial meeting in Quito on 28 March agreed to continue work on its twin objectives of securing the right conditions for free and fair Presidential elections and of improving access to humanitarian aid for the Venezuelan population. The ICG also agreed to coordinate more closely with the Lima Group of countries. At the Quito meeting, the EU announced an additional €50 million in emergency assistance to Venezuela, as part of its commitment made in February at the inaugural meeting of the ICG in Montevideo. The ICG will meet again in Costa Rica in May.

The Quito declaration underlined the need to restore Venezuela's full democracy and constitutional order in a peaceful manner, starting with the respect for the constitutional mandate of the democratically elected National Assembly. The solution to the crisis lies in giving the voice back to the people in democratic elections, in line with international standards.

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