Peru changes stance on Venezuela, downplays protests in Cuba

The President of Peru, Pedro Castillo, takes part in a military parade for the national holidays, at the headquarters of the army, in Lima (Peru) | Photo: Paolo Aguilar / Agência EFE

The arrival of the leftist Pedro Castillo to the Peruvian presidency foresees a change of position of the country on Venezuela, the founding country of the Grupo de Lima approaching the orbit of the International Contact Group, which seeks a solution based on the dialogue to the Venezuelan crisis.

This scenario was suggested on Monday (2) by the new Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Héctor Béjar, who declared that the policy of the new government will be against unilateral sanctions and blockades, with reference to the restrictions imposed by the United States against the dictatorship of Nicolas. Mature.

“Venezuela is a blocked country. We will contribute with the countries of Europe, which are already working there, and with a group of Latin American countries, to understand the different political tendencies existing in Venezuela, without interfering in their internal politics. “, did he declare.

“We will promote a democratic renewal in Venezuela that respects the social rights of Venezuelans,” added the new Peruvian chancellor in an interview after receiving command of the portfolio from his predecessor, Allan Wagner.

Unknown representative of Guaidó

As for the future of the Lima Group, promoted five years ago by former Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018) to bring together a group of American countries that consider Maduro an illegitimate president, Béjar stressed that there are already several countries in this organization which has changed its posture vis-à-vis Venezuela.

“The Lima Group has partners who have changed their policies, and their points of view are different. We will speak to them from their points of view,” he said.

When asked if he plans to meet Carlos Scull, appointed representative of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó in Peru, Béjar replied that he did not know him.

“I don’t know who this man is. I don’t know him,” said Béjar, an 85-year-old former guerrilla who met Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara in Cuba and was one of the founders of the Army. national liberation of Peru. (ELN) before being arrested in 1966 and jailed for nearly five years.

Commenting on his recent meeting with Chavista Chancellor Jorge Arreaza, who traveled to Lima to participate in Castillo’s investiture, Béjar said the two countries should work together to serve the large community of Venezuelans present in Peru, which has nearly a million people. .

Avoid giving opinions on Mature

When asked if he considered Venezuela a dictatorship, the Peruvian minister preferred not to give an opinion and recalled that his duty as chancellor is “to improve relations with Venezuela, as well as with Colombia, Chile, Brazil and all the countries of the region “.

“Our concern is that the rights of marginalized people are respected not only in Venezuela, but in Peru and in many other countries, and that the level of social welfare improves,” he added.

Minimize protests in Cuba

Regarding the recent protests in Cuba, Béjar commented that “in every country there are people in the streets” and recalled the demonstration called Sunday in Lima by sectors of the right against the government appointed by Castillo.

“Conditions are different, but each country has its own internal problems. We have no reason to interfere in internal affairs,” he said.

“Our policy is the defense of human rights. We are against repression in Peru and in all countries. Our policy must be democratic. There must be dialogue, not confrontation. We want dialogue between peoples, not confrontation or policies of confrontation, ”he said. concluded.

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