The Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs considers that there cannot be clear, free, and fair elections in Venezuela under the current conditions.
The invitation to the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, to attend the VIII Summit of the Americas in Lima, in April, was withdrawn for preventing the realization of democratic elections in his country, Peruvian Foreign Minister Cayetana Aljovín said yesterday to El Comercio.
Aljovín explained that the Summit of the Americas “is a forum that is attended only by invitation, with the exclusive competence of the host country.”, she said according to this news site.
The invitations were sent last November when the Venezuelan government was participating in a dialogue with the opposition to seek a peaceful solution to the political and economic crisis in that nation, said Aljovín, who added that the invitation was withdrawn because of Maduro’s decision to prevent free and democratic presidential elections.
“The Peruvian decision was included in the declaration of the Lima Group that was issued on February 13,” informed the Minister of Foreign Affairs. “There cannot be clean, free, and fair elections with political prisoners, without opponents, without autonomy of the electoral authority and without impartial international observation”, she continued.
The main topic to be addressed in the upcoming Summit of the Americas, to be held on April 13 and 14, is the corruption of democratic governance. Aljovín considers it to be an essential issue after the Odebrecht scandal that has impacted the entire region.
Regarding the situation of Venezuelans who have received temporary permission to stay in Peru, Aljovín said that “we cannot turn our backs on those fleeing the serious political, economic and social situation suffered by that country.”, according to information from El Comercio.