Venezuela - Constituent assembly elections (31 July 2017)

Response of the Ministry’s Deputy Press Director during the press briefing (31 July 2017)

Q - Several countries have indicated that they would not recognize the outcome of the constituent assembly elections in Venezuela. What is France’s position? Will it recognize the results?

A - The initiative to hold this election, its organizational arrangements, as well as its outcome are being strongly contested by the Venezuelan population. The convening of this constituent assembly could further exacerbate the high tensions that have been running through the country since April.

France condemns the violence that has left many people dead and regrets the fact that the various mediation efforts pursued thus far aimed at putting an end to this serious crisis have not succeeded. It expects the Venezuelan government to uphold its international commitments concerning respect for civil liberties.

France, together with its EU partners, calls for efforts to immediately initiate a credible, sincere and serious national dialogue. It calls on the Venezuelan authorities to agree, in a spirit of national reconciliation, to the compromises needed to resolve the crisis, the prolonging of which will only serve to increase the distress of the Venezuelan people and destabilize the entire region.

France encourages the continuation of the mediation efforts, which it fully supports, and urges all Venezuelan political forces to assume their responsibilities in order to put an end to the suffering of the Venezuelan people.

Response of the Ministry’s Deputy Press Director during the press briefing (31 July 2017)

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