INTERNATIONAL CONTACT GROUP - FINAL STATEMENT
International Contact Group – Meeting 7 February: Final Statement
07/02/2019
Conscious of the severity of the current crisis in Venezuela and its impact in the region and deeply concerned by the plight of its people, the International Contact Group (ICG) on Venezuela1 held its first meeting in Montevideo on 7 February 2019. 

The ICG aims to forge a common international approach to support a peaceful, political, democratic and Venezuelan owned resolution to the crisis, excluding the use of force, through free, transparent and credible presidential elections, in accordance with the Venezuelan Constitution.  

In order for the country to overcome the current crisis, it is crucial to restore full democracy in all its dimensions, including rule of law, separation of powers and respect for the constitutional mandate of the country’s institutions, notably the democratically elected National Assembly.

The ICG stresses that the fundamental freedoms and human rights of all Venezuelans must be respected. It deplores the deaths and injuries caused by excessive use of force and underlines that violence is never a solution. 

In its first meeting, the Group took stock of the situation in the country and discussed how the Group could best help in finding a peaceful path towards the holding of new Presidential elections with all the necessary conditions and guarantees in conformity with the Constitution, as laid out in the terms of reference of the ICG.

The ICG also recognized the humanitarian crisis that is deepening by the day, affecting millions of Venezuelans. The Group expressed its commitment to mobilize further assistance in areas of need and coordinate its delivery in liaison with the Joint UNHCR/IOM Special Representative, Mr. Eduardo Stein. 

To that end, the ICG, through the co-chairs of the meeting, will proceed with the necessary contacts with relevant Venezuelan actors as well as with regional and international partners with the aim to: i) establish the necessary guarantees for a credible electoral process, within the earliest timeframe possible; ii) enable the urgent delivery of assistance in accordance with international humanitarian principles. 
To implement these 2 goals, the ICG will send a technical mission to the country.
 
The ICG will reconvene at ministerial level by the beginning of March to take stock of progress.




1) This statement has been agreed by the following ICG members: the EU, eight of its Member States (France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom) and three countries from Latin America (Costa Rica, Ecuador and Uruguay).

Twitter@SpainMFA

  • 29 Jul @SpainMFA * The Government of Spain is deeply saddened by the death of Cardinal Jaime Ortega and expresses its condolences to h… https://t.co/jJdVf7qY9a
  • 29 Jul @SpainMFA * The components contributed by #Spain to @NASA's #Mars2020 mission have already been integrated in the #Rover! The… https://t.co/QyAvBWpjRv
  • 26 Jul @SpainMFA * A spectacular mural by the Australian urban artist of Spanish descent #Rone, called "Sarah", decorates part of the… https://t.co/iduoRne5Ov
  • 26 Jul @SpainMFA * @EmbajadaEspAust @CasaReal The @EmbajadaEspAust hosts works from the exhibition “From #Atapuerca to #Uluru” by… https://t.co/ha6vLQHk9p
  • 26 Jul @SpainMFA * Today we are introducing our first Embassy of the Month: 🇪🇸🇦🇺 The @EmbajadaEspAust! 🎂 #Spain's Embassy in… https://t.co/1L3m8wMxp0
  • 26 Jul @SpainMFA * @AECID_es @EmbEspSenegal The results of the workshop are now showcased in the exhibition "The parliament of #women"… https://t.co/ehWVBKIL7q
  • 26 Jul @SpainMFA * As part of the #cooperation programme #ACERCA, the @AECID_es has recently organized a photography workshop in… https://t.co/ERggCvnhh5
  • 26 Jul @SpainMFA * RT @EmbSpainAddis: Women for Africa Foundation @MujeresxAfrica is launching its 5th call for the "Science by Women" program fellowships, ai…
  • 26 Jul @SpainMFA * 🇹🇳 Spain is deeply saddened by the death of the President of the Republic of #Tunisia, Béji Caïd Essebsi, and sends… https://t.co/gV6iCLuiOu
  • 26 Jul @SpainMFA * 🇸🇴 Spain expresses its vehement condemnation of the suicide bomb attack on the office of the Mayor of #Mogadishu an… https://t.co/d1298nSXnA
  • 25 Jul @SpainMFA * 4️⃣ Spanish cities are candidates to join the @UNESCO Creative Cities Network: #Orihuela, #Valladolid, #Lucena and… https://t.co/Sbi69ROC8t
  • 25 Jul @SpainMFA * 🎞️ The Spanish films "#Madre", by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, and "#Zumiriki", by Oskar Alegria, and the Spanish-Chilean co-… https://t.co/Cyeah2V03U
  • 25 Jul @SpainMFA * Happy Day of #Galicia and happy Saint James' Day, patron saint of this beautiful land of pilgrimage, nature and cul… https://t.co/agig7Em7ZO
  • 25 Jul @SpainMFA * Congratulations to #Bilbao, one of the finalists of the 2019 #iCapitalAwards 🇪🇺! ➡️ https://t.co/FOJxArSnnr 🌆💡 Thi… https://t.co/xYSdnbgqcG
  • 25 Jul @SpainMFA * RT @Moedas: Congratulations to the winner of the 1000th @ERC_Research Proof of Concept grant – 🇪🇸 based engineer M. González-Herráez! For t…

Featured

  • Inscríbete en el Registro de Viajeros
  • Recomendaciones de Viaje
  • Fichas por país
  • Búsqueda de puestos vacantes
  • Información para candidatos
  • Cuenta de Twitter del Ministerio en Inglés
  • Blog del Ministerio
  • ATLAS
  • Página de Participación Ciudadana
  • Página Portal de Transparencia
  • MAEUEC / Sede Palacio de Santa Cruz
    Plaza de la Provincia, 1
    28012 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
  • MAEUEC / Sede Palacio de Viana
    Duque de Rivas, 1
    28071 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
  • MAEUEC / Sede Torres Ágora
    Serrano Galvache, 26
    28033 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
  • AECID
    Avda. Reyes Católicos, 4
    28040 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 583 81 00 / 01
    Fax: 91 583 83 10 / 11
  • Dirección General de Españoles en el Exterior y de Asuntos Consulares
    C/ Pechuán, 1
    28002 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 17 00
Gobierno de España
©Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación
Portal gestionado por la Dirección General de Comunicación e Información Diplomática
Premio Ciudadanía 2016
Premio Ciudadanía 2016