Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday that he supports efforts of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to look for a way of improving the situation in Venezuela.
UNASUR hopes to use its influence and forces to search for an opening for dialogue to alleviate ongoing violent clashes between the Venezuelan government and opposition protestors who are fighting for change, according to the President’s Office.
During a Thursday launch of a human rights center in Bogota, President Santos indicated that the day before all of the foreign ministers of member countries of UNASUR had gathered with opposition sectors of Venezuela, NGOs, and later with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in order to “lay out formulas to approach the current situation.”
“It interests all of us that the situation in Venezuela improves. Venezuela [hurting] hurts us all, and we want this situation to normalize,” said Colombia’s head of state.
Santos indicated that Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin has “done a lot to advance the start of dialogues between the opposition and the government,” in Venezuela.
The career politician facing reelection in two months added that he believed Venezuela’s government had accepted the terms laid out to begin said dialogues.
“And I hope that through that dialogue we are able to ease the situation in Venezuela, that which should favorably have an effect on the defense of human rights in our beloved Venezuela,” concluded Santos.
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