He considers Gallach’s meeting in Caracas with Delcy Rodríguez “inconvenient” because it “dilutes” the weight of the sanctions
MADRID, 24 Apr. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López considers that, in the face of the “criminal dictatorship” of Nicolás Maduro, there is no room for the “gray” or the “equidistance”, so he believes that it is time for the countries that claim to be democratic, Starting with Spain and the EU, give “more determined support” to the cause with new pressure measures and clear speeches.
“The reality in Venezuela is what it is and not what we would like it to be,” declared this week the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, in an appearance before the Congress of Deputies in which he came to justify the existing duality in the Spanish position, which in recent months has come to consider Juan Guaidó a “relevant interlocutor” rather than a “legitimate president.”
For López, “the worst scenario for Venezuelans and also for the region is simply that Venezuela is assumed as a reality that cannot change,” given that, in his opinion, the situation “has only deteriorated” in these last years and it is time to be “proactive.” A position simply to look at what is happening, without seeking to influence a change to take place, is not the correct position, “he added in an interview with Europa Press.
López attributes to democratic countries an “obligation” to take sides, since staying on the sidelines would also be “taking part in favor of the dictatorship.” In this sense, he expects from Spain and the EU “a more determined support”, putting “all the political, diplomatic and economic weight” on a Maduro who for now has always rejected any concession.
Among the “pressure” measures proposed by López is that of sanctions, especially individual ones, a way in which he expects the United States and the EU to act jointly and with “simultaneous” punishments. The sanctions recently agreed by the Twenty-seven “go in the right direction,” but they would not be enough, according to López.
Likewise, he points out that in countries like Spain there are “large capitals that are the consequence of acts of corruption”, in a call for this type of funds to be pursued – in Europe there would be “billions of dollars”, he points out – and to avoid the existence of “money launderers” outside of Venezuela.
On the other hand, he proposes to the allies a “dialogue” with the countries that continue to support Maduro, among which he cites China, Russia, Turkey, Iran and Cuba, given that he considers that, “each one in their field, has been an important pillar for the support of the dictatorship “.
VISIT FROM GALLACH TO CARACAS
The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Cristina Gallach, arrived at the end of March in Caracas, on a surprise visit where she met not only with representatives of the opposition, but also with members of the Government. Thus, he saw the chancellor, Jorge Arreaza, and the vice president, Delcy Rodríguez, a meeting the latter that López classifies as “inconvenient.”
The representative of Popular Will, who says he has “fluid communication” with Foreign Affairs and has spoken “on many occasions” with Gallach herself, avoids speculating about the reasons for the trip of the Ministry’s ‘number two’, but it does make him ugly meeting with a person who is subject to EU sanctions for “very serious human rights violations”.
“By meeting with her, the tool represented by the sanctions is diluted in some way,” he wields, to immediately demand not only that punishments be promoted, but that these “have the weight they should have.” This type of encounter, he adds, generates a “weakening” of the Spanish political position.
MESSAGE ON EXTRADITION
He admits that the situation can be “complex” when it comes to finding certain political balances, but urges not to lose sight of the fact that “the legitimate president of Venezuela is Juan Guaidó”, as head of the National Assembly elected in 2015 and who continues to vindicate himself. after the controversial elections of December 2020, which the EU has not recognized.
López lacks “precise” information on the possible movements of the Venezuelan Prosecutor’s Office to request his extradition to Spain, but he has “a clear conscience.” It warns Spain that “anything that comes out of a court in Venezuela at this time should not be taken into consideration by any country in which the rule of law prevails.”
“The mere acceptance of a process like this would be a validation of an illegal, illegal and complicit justice system of the criminal dictatorship,” to the extent that, according to López, the entire Venezuelan judicial system is “deeply corrupt and dependent on the designs of the dictatorship “.
López criticizes the guest list of the XXVII Ibero-American Summit to the same extent and, although he avoids pointing out those responsible, he warns of the danger that “everything that comes close to Nicolás Maduro somehow ends up looking alike.” Maduro was the one who was going to speak on behalf of Venezuela, although at the last minute who spoke was his ‘number two’, precisely Rodríguez.
“In any international forum in which he participates, he ends up achieving what he seeks, which is to have the focus of attention,” but “he also achieves the loss of prestige of the forum in which he participates,” says López, who believes that Rodríguez’s speech remained “portrayed” an attitude based on “pride” and “lies”.
Several of the intervening countries recriminated during his speech the invitation of Chavista leaders, although not the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, who avoided getting into controversy when asked about this issue in the subsequent press conference beyond showing that there is ” conflicting positions “on the political situation in the South American country.
RELATIONSHIP WITH PODEMOS
Asked about his vision and relationship with Podemos, López recalls the “trajectory” of the party led by Pablo Iglesias, “the trips, meetings and projects that they developed” at the hand of Maduro, for being “something totally dissociated from any vision of democracy and the rule of law “.
Regarding a possible meeting with Iglesias, this “has not been raised” but López does not rule it out ‘a priori’. “I would be willing to meet with anyone as long as it is in a constructive way to solve the serious crisis we are experiencing,” he explains.
He does take advantage to clarify the recent controversy raised by his trip to Galicia despite the perimeter closure, a “false news” for which he blames directly the Cambados Councilor for Citizen Security, Tino Cordal, from Somos Cambados. “I was not fined and I have not received any fine,” he clarifies.
López asserts that it was this councilor “who presented the news” publicly and assures that it was a person linked to him who was sitting on the same terrace, which led to up to two calls to the Police to try to “create a case” about a possible violation of mobility restrictions. He explains that he showed the agents the safe-conduct that showed that he had traveled to Galicia to meet with Venezuelans.
López also affirms that he has been the victim of all kinds of “false” accusations in recent years, including those related to his alleged expenses in Spain. He affirms that Maduro and those around them “are surrounded by luxury” and not him, who like other opponents would be before “a firing squad of lies.”