Will Venezuela hold elections in 2024?
With the presidents of Colombia, Argentina and France supporting the talks, the government and the opposition recently met in Paris.
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As expressed by the presidents of Colombia, Argentina and France, all three support "the resumption of the Venezuelan negotiation process as the only way to allow a way out of a deep crisis that has led millions of Venezuelans to leave the country."
Colombian President Gustavo Petro, set the expectation at a recent meeting in Paris of elections in 2024. A little more than a month ago, Colombia and Venezuela — commercial partners and culturas siblings — resumed their relations and opened the border again after four years of complete cutoff.
In a DW report, analyst Mariano de Alba, from Crisis Group, an international think tank in Brussels, said "it will be arduous and difficult" to reach an agreement with the support of the international community and with guarantees for an electoral process.
However, the so-called Paris Forum opened the option of resuming negotiations between the government and the opposition, which were frozen in 2021.
What De Alba points out has to do with the fact that any progress is related to the condition of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the "lifting of sanctions for a substantial economic improvement that will allow him to deploy programs to show the population that he is doing things for the people."
The sanctions are from the European Union and the United States, which will have to change positions. The U.S. remains icy towards lending a hand to Maduro. The same can be said of the European Union, which imposed sanctions six years ago and renewed them in recent days for another year.
However, EU spokesman Peter Stano recently said that "we support the efforts made by Venezuelans to find a way out of the current situation."