The Spanish delegation of the PP in the European Parliament requested by letter to the High Representative for Foreign Action and Vice President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, that the European Union condemns the arrest order of the collaborators of the opponents of the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela.
The letter was signed by the vice president of the European People’s Party group, Dolors Montserrat, and all PP MEPs in the European Parliament.
Montserrat criticized that “the Maduro regime has failed to comply with the agreements with Barbados and continues to suffocate its political opponents, as shown by the arrest warrants against the associates of María Corina and the non-release of prisoners in politics.”
“We are absolutely convinced, Mr. High Representative, that you agree with us that these arrest warrants do not represent a positive and necessary step for the democratic restoration of Venezuela,” the letter read.
For this reason, from the PP “we ask the European Commission to extend the sanctions of the Maduro regime, due to the apparent lack of will in favor of freedom and democracy,” said Montserrat.
“Europe cannot look the other way when freedom is threatened in Venezuela. The defense of freedom obliges us as democracies to defend it where it is threatened, and in Venezuela it happened,” he said.
On the other hand, the MEPs emphasized the deep concern of the PP about the actions of the collaborator of the regime of Nicolás Maduro, Tarek William Saab.
“He issued arrest warrants against many political leaders who opposed the regime, including Yon Goicochea, Juan Guaidó, Julio Borges, Andrés Izarra, David Smolansky, Carlos Vecchio, Lester Toledo, Savoi Jandon Wright, Leopoldo López and Rafael Ramírez, all of them in exile, as well as the political operators and leaders of Venezuela, Messrs. Roberto Abdul, Henry Alviárez, Claudia Macero and Pedro Urruchurtu.”
For all this, taking into account the recent decision of the Council to further extend the restrictive measures for only 6 months, the PP asked the Commission for “an assessment of the current situation in Venezuela after these latest maneuvers, as well as what response the EU will give to the events described.”
In addition, they asked Borrell if “he would like to bring to the Council a formal request that these sanctions be extended for the usual duration of their extension, that is, for 1 year, because the apparent lack of will on the part of the regime. to take steps.” real and effective actions in favor of restoring democracy in the country.”