The President of Chile, Gabriel Boric, during his speech at the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), referred to the crisis in Venezuela and the upcoming elections to be held in that nation.
He called for “free, fair and transparent” elections in Venezuela for 2024 and expressed the desire of his government to “collaborate in the dialogue between the different sectors of the country to find a way out” of the crisis.
“Outside of democracy there is no freedom or dignity possible (…) The dictatorship (in Chile) abruptly taught us through blood and fire the effects of relativizing democracy and human rights,” said Boric, who asked to condemn the violations of human rights “regardless of the political sign of who rules.”
“Democracy must be respected especially in free elections when the one with whom I disagree wins and human rights are civilizing advances that must be respected,” said the Chilean president, who also called for the release of the “opponents who are still detained in an undignified manner” In Nicaragua.
The summit brought together 14 heads of state from the 33 countries that make up the forum in Buenos Aireswith some notable absences, such as the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who excused himself this Tuesday for having “enough” work in his country.
Others deserted at the last moment, like Nicolás Maduro. The Venezuelan ruler, who was denounced before the Argentine Justice by individuals and civil organizations for violation of human rights, in an attempt to have him investigated if he came to the country, announced on Monday that he would not touch Argentine soil.
Maduro, who in a recorded message sent to the forum criticized what described as “criminal sanctions” against Venezuelahad an appointment on Monday with the Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who instead kept on the agenda the meeting with the Cuban Miguel Díaz-Canel this Tuesday.
The summit closed with the “Buenos Aires Declaration”, which vindicated Celac’s commitment to democracy, respect for human rights and multilateralism. (YO)
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