Didier Reynders concerned by situation in Venezuela

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders remains highly concerned by the political, economic and humanitarian situation in Venezuela. He supports the 26 July statement by EU High Representative Mogherini.
The Minister has taken note of the fact that on 30 July the Venezuelan authorities organized an election for the Constituent Assembly. He is of the opinion that this will not contribute to a solution of the various crises that Venezuela is dealing with and he fears that the tensions among the parties concerned will increase. He calls upon the Venezuelan government to provide governance within the constitutional framework -with respect for the competences of the parliamentary representation and the judiciary- for the benefit of the welfare of the people.
The Minister strongly regrets that more than 100 people have lost their lives in the continuing violence in Venezuela. He appeals to all parties concerned to reach compromises through concertation and dialogue. He supports the attempts to establish a regional ‘Group of Friends’ that should facilitate a dialogue.
The political instability and the continuing violence have caused a deep humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Didier Reynders calls upon the authorities to recognize the needs of the population and to accept that the needy are provided with direct assistance.