This weekend there was a meeting between Deputy Olivia Lozano, President of the Foreign Policy Commission, Sovereignty and Integration, and Deputy William Dávila, also part of this important Commission and both members of the Delegate Commission of the legitimate National Assembly led by the Deputy and President in charge Juan Guaidó.
The purpose of the meeting was to publicize the management directives of the recently installed Foreign Policy, Sovereignty and Integration Commission for the 2021 legislative period, and which was attended by the Diplomatic Corps accredited in our country and the ambassadors of the Presidency In Charge.
Deputy Lozano highlighted that within the management directives for this parliamentary period are the consolidation of hemispheric parliamentary alliances through Parliamentary Diplomacy. Furthermore, the Deputy stressed that this is only possible thanks to the international community’s rejection of the December 6th, 2020 fake elections of the illegal and illegitimate Assembly of Nicolás Maduro and the renewed recognition and support for the parliament elected in 2015 and its constitutional continuity, until a legitimate and constitutional electoral process is carried out that allows the renewal of authorities, and that includes fair and verifiable presidential elections.
Deputies Lozano and Dávila highlighted that an important indicator of this is the failure of the tour of the regime’s delegation to to hold meetings with authorities of the World Inter-Parliamentary Union. “With regard to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, I want to emphasize that we have been taking steps so that a Commission of the Inter-Parliamentary Union visits our country to verify the systematic violations of human rights, the Constitution, and laws by Nicolas Maduro’s regime, once we have consigned the documents that support the argument for the constitutional continuity of the legitimate National Assembly.” The Deputy informed that recently, as a result of these efforts, representatives of the Parliamentary Union confirmed their prompt visit to the country.
The meeting was also propitious to highlight the serious crisis that is being experienced in Apure State as a result of the confrontations between Colombian irregular armed groups and the FANB (Venezuelan Armed Forces), where the civilian population has been the most affected, displacing more than 5,000 Venezuelan citizens so far. Also, Deputy Lozano stressed that “currently, joint efforts are being made with our Foreign Ministry to hold meetings with the countries directly affected by the conflict and study possible solutions while calling on the countries of the region so that they speak out and join in the search for solutions within the framework of international treaties and conventions.” For his part, Deputy Dávila spoke to state the need to include the development of armed conflict in Apure State in the activation of the TIAR mechanism.
It was inevitable to address the Peruvian electoral issue and the ideological similarities of the candidate Pedro Castillo and Nicolas Maduro, and the serious danger that this represents for Peru and Latin America in the in the hemispheric context and on the need to preserve democracies and consequently regional stability: “It would be a catastrophe for Peru and Latin America if ‘Castro-Chavismo’ prevails in Peru,” said Deputy Dávila.
In the field of internal politics, Deputy Lozano highlighted that “the legitimate National Assembly will continue the tireless fight for the libertarian cause and the rescue of democracy by promoting, internally and internationally, our proposal and demand for fair, free and verifiable presidential and parliamentary elections as the only peaceful solution to the serious institutional and humanitarian crisis that our country is experiencing.”
“The manifesto [UNION FOR THE FUTURE, DEMORACY AND THE WELFARE OF OUR NATION], recently signed by more than 40 political organizations, is proof of this and a clear manifestation of the political will and desire of the vast majority of Venezuelans to get rid of the most serious social, political, economic and health crisis that our country has experienced throughout its republican history,” said the parliamentarian.
Another of the issues highlighted in the conversation was the systematic violations of human, political and citizen rights of all Venezuelans by Nicolas Maduro’s regime, all of which has been exposed in the different reports and updates of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, as well as in the stark report presented on September 15th by the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission, as a result of direct verification in the country and the testimonies of the victims.
In the context of this systematic violation of Human Rights, it was inevitable to highlight on the part of Deputy Dávila, the politically based discrimination of vaccination against Covid-19, privileging the officials of Maduro’s regime and people with clear political affiliations with the regime and depriving the vast majority of Venezuelans and especially to the most vulnerable and exposed to the risk of contagion, such as healthcare sector personnel.
“It is necessary to design a massive vaccination plan as proposed by our parliament and the interim government and for which we have approved, in the legitimate National Assembly, the economic resources necessary for the acquisition of vaccines through the Covax mechanism. In this context of the attack on the pandemic, I do not want to refrain from metioning the gesture and will of the North American Senator Rick Scott, when he proposes to donate to Venezuela the surplus vaccines from the vaccination process in the United States,” highlighted the Deputy.
To conclude, Congresswoman Lozano affirmed that there is nothing that would stop her fight to rescue freedom and democracy describing the various threats that she and her family have suffered from Maduro’s regime: “A situation that has its risks, but my commitment to my family and my country keeps me firm.”