Hugo de Zela Martínez, deputy minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru, said today during a meeting of the Lima Group in Bogotá, Colombia, that there needs to be a peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela.
“The use of force is not a solution for what happens in Venezuela, we have been fighting for that solution to take place peacefully in the Lima Group,” De Zela said when speaking at the meeting held in the headquarters of the Colombian Chancellery, according to El Comercio.
He also informed that it is false that the group is looking for a non-peaceful exit to the crisis and that every decision should comply with the Venezuelan constitution.
“The Constitution of Venezuela is very clear in the sense that the legitimate Government of Juan Guaidó is responsible for carrying forward the process for the restoration of democracy in that country and the solution to the crisis that will arise through the departure of the dictator,” he assured in reference to Nicolás Maduro.
Therefore, after stressing that “the Lima Group does not have an intransigent position“, he called for “free, fair and credible elections with international observation.”