Mario Abdo Benítez: “We cannot look the other way when seven million Venezuelans have left their homes”
The Paraguayan president distanced himself from his Argentine counterpart, Alberto Fernández, who in his CELAC inaugural speech defended Caracas, among other regimes. “Democracy does not culminate with elections,” said the president and asked not to neglect the Venezuelan diaspora
Mario Abdo Benítez spoke about the Venezuelan migratory exodus
The President of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitez, today summoned the leaders attending the VII Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to address the situation experienced by the Venezuelan diaspora, a reality that “cannot be ignored, but rather must be addressed” and for which it is necessary to “find a solution”, he emphasized. In this way, he distanced himself from the statements that his Argentine counterpart, Alberto Fernández, had made at the inauguration of the regional bloc in which he defended the regimes of Venezuela, Cuba and < b>Nicaragua.
In his speech before the plenary of CELAC this Tuesday in Buenos Aires, Abdo Benítez he called for a “sincere dialogue” and recalled that “just as” the acts of violence that occurred in Peru and Brazil are worrying, “the mass exodus” from Venezuela “is also” worrying.
Referring to the regional dictatorships and referring to Venezuela, Abdo was blunt and stated: “Democracy as a system of government, although it begins with free, periodic and transparent elections, does not end there. Elections give us legitimacy from the start, but the real challenge lies in exercising power, guaranteeing political plurality, human dignity, freedom of expression, respect for the rule of law, the separation and independence of powers ”.
“Just as we are concerned about the events that occurred in Peru, in Brazil, we are also concerned, President, about the mass exodus that we are seeing” in Venezuela, said the Paraguayan President.
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Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez during the CELAC summit in Buenos Aires. There he questioned the lack of attention given to the millions of Venezuelans who left their country at the behest of the Chavista dictatorship (Reuters)
“We cannot look aside, when more than seven million Venezuelans have left their homes asking for refuge” in the region, recalled the Paraguayan president in what was his last intervention in this forum, since his term ends this year. In addition, Benítez recalled that, according to UNHCR, Venezuelan migration is the second largest external displacement crisis in the world, after Syria.
The president's address was disseminated through the social networks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, since the sessions are held behind closed doors.
The preparations for this summit have been marked by the controversy in Argentina, since the opposition to the government of Alberto Fernández denounced the human rights violations of the Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro, the Cuban Miguel Díaz-Canel < /b>and Nicaraguan Daniel Ortega. Finally, of the three leaders, only Díaz-Canel attends the forum, which takes place amid tight security measures due to protests by protesters, while Maduro canceled his trip at the last minute.
Both the Argentine president and his Brazilian counterpart, Lula da Silva advocated for the strengthening of regional integration in an environment of diversity and dialogue.
Lastly, Abdo Benítez He asked that a “sincere space for integration and not interference” be established, because Paraguay, he said, believes in an “integration in which democracy is respected and human rights are respected.”
The Cuban dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel, in the center of the image, participated in the CELAC summit in Buenos Aires. There he received praise from Argentine President Alberto Fernández (Reuters)
Defense of dictatorships
The inauguration of the Summit of the CELAC once again highlighted the affinity that exists between the Argentine government, today headed by Alberto Fernández and Cristina Kirchner, with the dictatorships led by the Nicaraguan Daniel Ortega, the Cuban Miguel Díaz Canel and the Venezuelan Nicolás Maduro.
In the opening speech of the In the event that took place in Buenos Aires, the host head of state first invited his peers to fight against “the blockades” suffered by some countries in the region: “They are a very perverse method of sanction, not to the governments but to the peoples. Therefore, we cannot continue to allow it”.
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The Argentine president continued his speech, but more explicitly: “Cuba has been under a blockade for more than six decades and that is inexcusable . Venezuelan He suffers the same and we have to raise our voices… We believe in democracy, which is definitely at risk. After the pandemic, the ultra-right has stood up and threatens each of our peoples. We must not allow this recalcitrant and fascist right wing to put the institutionality of our peoples at risk.”
Alberto Fernández's ideological position was deepened moments later in his speech: “All those who are here have been chosen by their peoples and their peoples legitimize them as rulers. And therefore, regardless of how each people decides, in diversity we must respect each other and in diversity we must grow together”. A very striking phrase if one considers the characteristics of the governments of Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela.
On behalf of Nicaragua was attended by Foreign Minister Denis Moncada; The head of the regime Miguel Díaz Canel participated for Cuba ; and Venezuela sent its Foreign Minister, Yván Gil, as a reference.