Eight Latin American countries issued a joint statement today urging the PSUV and the opposition to commit themselves to a dialogue as a means of resolving the severe crisis affecting the country. The countries that signed the statement are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay and Colombia.
Below, my translation of the statement:
The governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay encourage the continuation of the dialogue [so that it may achieve] concrete results to put an end to the difficult situation which Venezuela is facing.
It is up to the government and the opposition to find urgent solutions for the Venezuela people. This is why we reiterate our call that they continue down the path of the dialogue and carefully craft their language, with the goal of overcoming the polarization in which Venezuelan society finds itself. This would allow for decisions that would benefit the country immensely.
We value the important contributions made by the Vatican and the former presidents, and we wish to express our willingness to cooperate with whatever is necessary.
We recognize the positive signs that we have seen over the past few days, as is the release of some [political] prisoners. We hope that this measure will speed up and result in more beneficiaries. [We also recognize the positive sign that was] the opposition’s cancellation of demonstrations in order to give the dialogue a chance. Maintaining this willingness during these times will be decisive for the country.
We call on Venezuelan society to give plenty of time for the dialogue to show its fruits, which can be expected within a framework of respect for the rule of law and the people’s will which is expressed through the constitution.
Central Bank to Print Higher Denomination Bills
The Banco Central de Venezuela (BCV) is set to introduce new bills in December in response to years-long inflation crisis that sees the price of virtually all food and consumer products increase on a near daily basis. Starting in December, coins worth Bs. 50 and 100 will be in circulation, along with bills worth Bs. 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000.
The most immediate effect that the new bills will have is that they will lighten Venezuelan’s pockets significantly. Currently, the highest denomination bill is Bs. 100, which has virtually no purchasing power. A jar of Nutella, for example, costs approximately Bs. 23,000, meaning that a consumer wanting to purchase a jar in cash would need 230 Bs. 100 bills to make the transaction.
Gov’t Agrees to Human Rights Recommendations from UN
At a meeting of the United Nations Humans Rights Council today, Foreign Affairs Minister Delcy Rodriguez committed the Maduro government to accepting “the majority” of 276 recommendations that the Council made to Venezuela on the issue of human rights in the country.
The recommendations were made last Tuesday, but there appears to be no public record of what they are exactly.
When asked by reporters today what these recommendations were, Rodriguez said:
In essence they say, “your [human rights] model is really good. Keep going with this model. Don’t go back”, and this is exactly the struggle that the government of President Maduro and the people of Venezuela are in, not going back on this model.
On the general state of affairs in Venezuela, Rodriguez said:
The advances that we’ve made when it comes to socio-economics, culture, education, in ever human rights sphere… this is really a success for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. We’ve defeated the campaign of lies.
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