The European Union and several Latin American countries want to disarm with a new presidential election, the conflict between the government and the Opposition in Venezuela.

“We support a peaceful and democratic solution to the crisis through free, transparent and credible presidential elections”, it said on Thursday after the first Meeting of the so-called International contact group for Venezuela (ICG) in Montevideo.

The joint statement was supported by the EU, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and Costa Rica, Ecuador and Uruguay. Bolivia has distanced himself from the ICG statement. The members of the contact group should promote dialogue in Venezuela and accompany, but not the future of the Venezuelans set, said foreign Minister Diego Pary of the TV channel Telesur.

Venezuela’s Parliament-in-chief Juan Guaidó had declared two weeks ago itself to the transitional President and head of state, Nicolás Maduro challenged so openly. The election last year he described as undemocratic – an attitude that share many foreign observers. The United States, many Latin American States, and the majority of EU countries were already behind the young Parliament-in-chief. Maduro, in contrast, can rely on the support of China and Russia, as well as the Latin American countries of Bolivia, Cuba and Nicaragua – and on the backing of the powerful military. to overcome

“the current crisis, it is necessary to restore democracy to the full, including the rule of law, separation of powers and respect for the institutions, particularly the democratically elected national Assembly,” the statement said the contact group. “Freedom and human rights of all Venezuelans must be respected. We regret the excessive use of force caused death and injury.”

The U.S. government, meanwhile, demanded Maduro to leave Venezuela. “I think it is better for the Transition to democracy in Venezuela, if he is outside the country, and there are a number of countries who would be willing to take him in,” said the US special representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, on Thursday at a press conference in Washington.

Because of the dramatic supply situation Guaidó is currently trying to provide humanitarian aid to the country. Due to the lack of foreign exchange, the once-rich country may import hardly any food and medicines. In order to bring the relief goods to Venezuela, needs Guaidó however, the support of the armed forces in control of the borders. President Maduro holds the international offers of assistance for a pretext to justify a military Intervention in the South American country.

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