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DR remarks on military option Venezuela

The Dominican Republic is keeping to its position of passive action in the Venezuelan conflict. Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas Maldonado and former President Leonel Fernández this weekend expressed their opposition to outsider military intervention in Venezuela. They believe this would not contribute to the resolution of the political and social crisis affecting Venezuela. On the contrary, military action would only worsen the clash between President Nicolás Maduro and the opposition, Vargas Maldonado and Fernández have separately observed.

Foreign Minister Vargas specifically referenced as unhelpful the words of US President Donald Trump who hinted about a possible military intervention in Venezuela by the United States. He says that talks and a diplomatic solution are the best way to resolve the differences in Venezuela.

“An open, frank and sincere dialog is the best path to a national reconciliation agreement that guarantees the peaceful and democratic coexistence of the conflicting parties,” said Vargas.

“Obviously it [military intervention] would be a contradiction if what is sought is to solve an internal political crisis in a country in the region where, in addition, there is a democratically-elected government …,” said the Dominican Foreign Minister.

He said President Danilo Medina has invited the Venezuelans to hold the reconciliation talks in the Dominican Republic.

Vargas said that the Dominican Republic has purposefully not taken sides as the debate about how to resolve the crisis has unfolded. The Medina government position is that impartial arbitration is a vital component to resolve the social and political crisis in Venezuela. Vargas noted that the Dominican Republic has been a beacon of democracy in the region for six decades and is willing to work with all sides in Venezuela to resolve the conflict.

Former President Leonel Fernández in a Tweet observed that the military action on behalf of the US in Venezuela would be a historic mistake and the worst alternative. Fernández has participated in reconciliation talks together with former Spanish President Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and former Panamanian President Martín Torrijos.

US President Donald Trump recently stated that the US would not rule out a military option in Venezuela. Venezuela’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López remarked in response that this would be “an act of madness.”

Source: DR1, Eldia

Aug 15, 2017

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