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Letter from José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to the international community and Venezuelan opposition

By Telesur English

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José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

(TELESUR ENGLISH) – “That is why I ask you, thinking of peace and democracy, that your organization formally endorse the agreement that I am sending you, once the Government has committed to scrupulously respecting the agreement.

This request is formulated from my deep conviction in the need of this agreement and from my commitment for its fulfillment”.

This is part of the letter written by the former Spanish President, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who served as mediator between the opposition and the Bolivarian Government for a period of two years to resolve the political differences between the parties.

The publication is directed to the international community and the Venezuelan people, on which he stands on his position regarding the refusal of the opposition to sign the agreement, which was already studied and worked for such long time. It is worth remembering that the delegation of the Venezuelan opposition signed a pre-agreement on January 31 in Santo Domingo.

Read the entire letter from the former President of Spain, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero:

Caracas, Feb 07.- Santo Domingo, D.N,

February 7, 2018

Dear Sir:

After working without rest for two years for a peaceful, democratic coexistence, to overcome the economic and social problems of Venezuela, and with the spirit of reconciliation among all Venezuelans, and after a huge effort of dialogue, sponsored in recent months for the exemplary effort of the President and the Chancellor of the Dominican Republic, with the accompaniment of a group of friendly countries, a basic consensus was reached for a great agreement, which represents a real and courageous hope for the future of Venezuela, materialized in a document presented to the parties that responds to the essential proposals discussed during months, namely, the agreement in an electoral process with guarantees and consensus on the date of the elections, the position on the sanctions against Venezuela, the conditions of the Commission of the Truth, the cooperation before the social and economic challenges, the commitment for an institutional normalization and the guarantees for the fulfillment of the agreement, and the commitment for a fully normalized operation and development of democratic politics.

Unexpectedly for me, the document was not signed by the opposition’s representation. I am not valueing the circumstances and the reasons, but my duty is to defend the truth and my commitment is not to give up on the achievement of a historic commitment among Venezuelans.

That is why I ask you, thinking of peace and democracy, that your organization formally endorses the agreement that I send you, once the Government has committed to scrupulously respecting what was agreed.

I make this request from my deep conviction in the need of this agreement and from my commitment for its fulfillment.

I await for your favorable response;

May you receive a warm greeting,

(Signed) JOSE LUIS RODRIGUEZ ZAPATERO

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