Borrell ignored the clear warnings of his experts when authorizing an electoral mission in Venezuela


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The person in charge of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, decided to send an observation mission to the elections organized by the Venezuelan dictatorship on November 21, despite the fact that the technical report that he had commissioned warned him that there are more possibilities to harm the prestige of this instrument so relevant in community foreign policy that of helping the democratization of the Chavista regime. His subsequent attempts to justify this decision by warning that it will be the final report of the mission that determines the validity of the regional elections have already received the first slam from the Chavista National Electoral Council (CNE) whose leaders have threatened to revoke the invitation. to the EU.

The report, prepared as an “internal document” and which has now become known, was made in july passed by members of a specific scouting mission that clearly warned that ‘the usefulness of a European Election Observation Mission must be considered taking into account the real contribution it can make to the process and the impact on the credibility of this highly reputable instrument of the Foreign Policy of the EU ‘. In their conclusions, the authors of the report clearly state that “the deployment of a European observation mission is likely to have an adverse impact on the reputation and credibility of this type of mission and that indirectly contribute to legitimizing the electoral process»Which is actually organizing a dictatorship.

The report is a solid piece of work that thoroughly details the political situation in Venezuela and all the pros and cons that would entail the EU getting involved in it, as well as the obstacles and logistical needs. He also affirms that “the great majority of the interlocutors” with whom its authors met “are favorable” to the deployment of the mission, because in their opinion, it could serve to reinforce the denunciations of the Venezuelan observers who are now suffering. the harassment of the dictatorship, “Give confidence to the opposition” to “open certain political spaces” and, within the country, “denounce the persistent violations of fundamental freedoms, especially in the electoral campaign.” The authors leave the final decision to the High Representative.

The exploratory trip took place between July 8 and 21 and Borrell announced on September 29 that it was agreeing to the request of the Chavista dictatorship to send that mission, without any counterpart. Despite the fact that community diplomacy sources directly involved in this case have justified the decision by the fact that in recent months “many things have changed in Venezuela,” the truth is that the dictatorship itself is taking care of denying it by reaffirming its willingness to use it exclusively as a factor to legitimize them unconditionally.

Check on the European mission

Last Friday, Borrell acknowledged in a statement in Spain that there was “Weighed up advantages and disadvantages” and he had leaned in favor of seeing that “the entire opposition is running for those elections” (which is not entirely true) and in that case the presence of European observers “is a greater guarantee for them.” Finally, the High Representative wanted to clarify that in his opinion the presence of that mission “does not legitimize Nicolás Maduro” or the quality of the elections, but rather that “what will legitimize or delegitimize him will be the mission report” in which the observers they will have to describe whether they consider the elections to have been democratic or not.

Immediately after Borrell’s words, the president of the CNE controlled by the dictatorship attacked him and demanded that he apologize for these words by denying him the ability for that mission to judge the quality of the electoral process. “Mr. Borrell,” said Pedro Calzadilla, the head of the Chavista electoral council, “has not only said that this mission comes to support a political fraction of those at stake in Venezuela, but has also said that the legitimacy of the result of that election depends on of the report they issue. What in his opinion is something that “no country would authorize”, which is why he considers that regarding the agreement to allow European observers to be present in Venezuela, “nothing is absolutely defined and closed.” Enrique Vázquez, also a CNE leader, not only said that he rejected Borrell’s statements, but that in his opinion “they put the European mission in check.”

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