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The Foreign Ministers of the Twenty-seven have agreed this Monday to include 19 other leaders of the regime of Nicolas Maduro on its black list of sanctions. The objective of this new round of restrictive measures is to punish those responsible for the manipulation of the legislative elections held on December 6, the result of which has not been recognized by the EU, and of violating human rights in Venezuela.

Among the new sanctions are the magistrates of the constitutional chamber of the Supreme Court Venezuelan by the unilateral designation of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and the suspension and replacement of the leadership of three of the main parties of the democratic opposition.

The EU has also added to its blacklist the president and vice president of the National Electoral Council, as well as several commanders of the Venezuelan army and the governor of the state of Zulia for their role in the violation of human rights.

These 19 Venezuelan leaders are prohibited from traveling to the European Union as of this Monday and any bank account they may have in community territory will be frozen. Total, The EU has already sanctioned 55 leaders of the Venezuelan regime, among which at the moment is not Nicolás Maduro himself.

In addition, the Twenty-seven apply to Venezuela an embargo on arms and material used for internal repression. These selective measures are designed not to harm the Venezuelan population or worsen the humanitarian situation in the country.

The EU will continue to dialogue and work with all parties in Venezuela with the aim of promoting a peaceful dialogue and a democratic and sustainable solution to the crisis in the country “, state the conclusions adopted unanimously by the foreign ministers.

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The Twenty-seven have not recognized the results of the elections to the National Assembly of December 6, considering that they were held without a national agreement on the conditions and they did not respect the minimum democratic standards.

Despite this, the EU has stopped recognizing Juan Guaidó as president in charge of Venezuela considering that its legitimacy emanated from the previous National Assembly, which was democratically elected but whose mandate has already expired. Of course, the Twenty-seven continue to consider Guaidó as a fundamental figure of the opposition and have committed to continue working with him and other representatives of the outgoing National Assembly.

The EU considers that the only way out of the crisis in Venezuela is to resume political negotiations and urgently establish an internal dialogue in the country and a transition process that leads to transparent, credible and inclusive presidential and legislative elections.

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