OTTAWA — Canada plans to hold a meeting of the countries of the Americas that would be determined to bring Venezuela on the path of democracy.
Sources have told The canadian Press that the meeting of the “Group of Lima” is expected to take place in Canada before the end of the winter.
The Group of Lima, which includes Canada and 10 countries in central America and South America, had been created in 2017, in order to enable precisely one output of crisis in the pacific in Venezuela.
This announcement comes a day after the Group in Lima had expressed its full support to the leader of the opposition in venezuela, Juan Guaido.
Mr. Guaido was declared by the interim president, just two weeks after the swearing-in of Nicolas Maduro for a second term is highly controversial in Venezuela and in the capitals.
Canada, in particular, has accused Mr Maduro of seizing power in fraudulent elections and anti-democratic in may of last year.
Canada was closed on Thursday its embassy in Caracas for the day and determine whether it is appropriate to maintain the day to day activities as a function of the magnitude of the upheaval.
The meetings of the Group of Lima gathered in the past by representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia.
Just like Ottawa, Washington supports Mr. Guaido and ask Nicholas Maduro to withdraw.
World affairs recommends that Canadians avoid non-essential travel to Venezuela due to the high number of violent crimes, the political and economic situation unstable and the shortage of medicines, food and water in the country.
Canada, which has imposed three rounds of sanctions against the government of Maduro, stressed that it is important to play a leading role in the Group of Lima.
Canada is a “may-be less baggage than the United States bring” with respect to politics in Latin America, said a senior official who requested anonymity because of the gravity of the situation in Venezuela.
“It is particularly important that this is not only considered as a specific problem in Venezuela,” said another source. “It is a global problem in terms of rights and democratic freedoms. It is a humanitarian issue, a financial issue.”
Ottawa has anticipated the emergence of Mr. Guaido under “contacts close enough” with him these last few months, said a responsible.
Thousands of people arrive every day in Colombia from Venezuela, many of them women and girls, especially in need of protection against physical threats and attacks, pointed to a report released Thursday by the world Council for refugees (CMR), a body comprised of nearly two dozen political leaders, policy advisors and academic experts.
Fen Osler Hampson, director-general of the council, said that Canada’s efforts on the political front in Venezuela were “extremely important”. But he urged Ottawa to lobby for a portion of the foreign assets frozen by Nicolas Maduro and his associates serve to help the refugees.
The conservatives in Ottawa have published this week a statement in which they condemned the “illegitimate regime” of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.
The new democrats seemed to adopt a tone less clear-cut.
The leader of the NDP, Jagmeet Singh, has described the events in Venezuela as a humanitarian crisis and condemned the military action against the protesters. But he said Thursday that Canada should not “simply stick to the foreign policy of the United States, especially given its history of interference concerned in the region”.
The question of who leads Venezuela should be in the hands of the people, said Mr. Singh. “All countries should be free to make their own democratic decisions through free and fair elections, independent of any pressure authoritarian rule or foreign interference”, he argued.
Member of parliament new democrat Niki Ashton was more direct, asserting that the prime minister Justin Trudeau had adopted the position of “regime change” of u.s. president Donald Trump and the “president fascist Brazil”.