UN Chief urges Venezuela to restore dialogue with opposition

| Updated Apr 21, 2017 at 9:00am


Shoppers wait in line for five hours to buy a ration of bread from a small bakery in Cumaná, Venezuela. Photo: Meridith Kohut/IRIN


The Government of Venezuela and the opposition are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to make a sincere effort to "reactivate dialogue" with each other.

In a statement issued by his Spokesman on Thursday, António Guterres, also called on all sides to lower tensions and avoid further clashes.

The UN on Thursday expressed concern over the recent developments in Venezuela.

Three people were killed in Wednesday's anti-government protests held across the country and organized by opposition groups, media reports say.

"We call on the Government of Venezuela and the opposition to engage sincerely to reactivate dialogue efforts, especially around the critical issues that they had already agreed to place on the agenda, namely the balance of power among branches of the State, the electoral calendar, human rights, truth and justice and the socioeconomic situation. We call for concrete gestures from all parties to reduce polarisation and create the necessary conditions to address the country's challenges for the benefit of the Venezuelan people." UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.

In March, Venezuela’s Supreme Court seized power from the National Assembly, which was controlled by the opposition, sparking the demonstrations.

The ruling has since been revoked.

SOURCE: Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.