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ForMin Melescanu: We are carefully watching what happens in Venezuela

Federica-Mogherini

Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu on Thursday stated that the events in Venezuela are very carefully and with great concern monitored by the Bucharest authorities, and that he believes in the necessity of discussions between the opposition and the majority in view of organising free and fair elections.

Melescanu participated in the informal meeting of the foreign affairs ministers from the EU member states (Gymnich).

"We are very carefully and with great concern watching what happens and we believe in the necessity of a political process of discussions between the opposition and the majority, in view of organising free and fair elections in Venezuela, as soon as possible," he told journalists.

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, announced that Venezuela will also be on the agenda of discussions of the ministers, the topic being introduced after the recent developments in Caracas.

"I would like to repeat here the message that I have already sent today to the defence ministers: our clear request to free the journalists arrested in Caracas. We want them to be freed immediately. As you know, for the EU it is very important to support the journalists, and especially to see that they are free to do their job. The European Union will always support this and our request is for them to be freed immediately. We will discuss with the ministers our position in respect to Venezuela. Our standpoint is very clear and united. We have reiterated this in various occasions, most recently on the occasion of the statements made last Saturday, when we made a clear appeal for the organisation of new fair, free elections, supervised of a manner different than before," she said.

 

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