AMERICA/VENEZUELA - "Need to improve the tragic situation through dialogue": Fr. Sosa on the crisis that the country lives

Friday, 31 March 2017

Caracas (Agenzia Fides) - Venezuelan Jesuit priest Arturo Sosa, first Latin American to be elected superior general of the Society of Jesus (SJ), visited his confreres in Peru this week, where he was interviewed by "El Comercio". With regards to the situation that Venezuela is experiencing, his native country, he replied: "I know the and the potential of both the government and the opposition. It is not enough to say they are not doing their job well, but they can do better, and both can do better. The aim must be to improve the tragic situation, and this will only be possible through dialogue. Now it is up to politics, and this replaces war. Besides it is also necessary to negotiate".
Yesterday the Supreme Court voted to deprive Parliament of all functions, which since the elections of December 6, 2015 is in the hands of the opposition (112 deputies out of 167). In this way Maduro assumes full powers without any parliamentary control. This happens while OAS (Organization of American States) gathered in Washington to discuss the situation in Venezuela: twenty countries together with OAS Secretary, Luis Almagro, accused the Venezuelan president of undemocratic behavior and call for the suspension of Venezuela from the organization.
The news sparked a series of expressions of solidarity from Latin American countries towards the Venezuelan people, with the opposition and against Maduro’s government. The Chancellor, Delcy Rodríguez, last night defined the statements of Peru "aggressive". Costa Rica, Bolivia and other South American countries are examining the proposal to withdraw their diplomats from Venezuela. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 31/03/2017)