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Colombia Venezuela

Former Colombia FARC leader killed in Venezuela: Local media (Al Jazeera)

A former leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who rearmed in the wake of a 2016 peace agreement between the group and the Colombian government, has been killed in Venezuela, according to local media.

Hernan Dario Velasquez, known as El Paisa (the Peasant), announced in 2019 that he and several well-known FARC commanders were rearming and forming a faction called Segunda Marquetalia. Velazquez had been among the negotiators of the 2016 peace deal.

Former Colombia FARC leader killed in Venezuela: Local media | FARC News | Al Jazeera

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Europe Venezuela

Venezuela President Maduro brands EU electoral observers ‘spies’ (Euractiv)

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro on Sunday (28 November) denounced members of the EU’s electoral observation mission who monitored voting last weekend as “spies,” and accused them of looking to “stain” the regional elections on their preliminary report.

Venezuela President Maduro brands EU electoral observers ‘spies’ – EURACTIV.com

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USA Venezuela

Venezuela’s Flawed November 21 Elections (US Department of State)

The Maduro regime deprived Venezuelans yet again of their right to participate in a free and fair electoral process, during Venezuela’s November 21 regional and local elections. Fearful of the voice and vote of Venezuelans, the regime grossly skewed the process to determine the result of this election long before any ballots had been cast.  Arbitrary arrests and harassment of political and civil society actors, criminalization of opposition parties’ activities, bans on candidates across the political spectrum, manipulation of voter registration rolls, persistent media censorship, and other authoritarian tactics all but quashed political pluralism and ensured the elections would not reflect the will of the Venezuelan people.

The United States supports the people of Venezuela in their desire for a peaceful restoration of democracy through free and fair elections, with full respect for freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly.  We commend the political parties and candidates as well as voters who decided to participate in this process despite its flaws to preserve and fight for much-needed democratic space.  But that space is limited by Maduro’s efforts to divide and suppress Venezuela’s democratic actors.  By arbitrarily imprisoning reportedly more than 250 individuals on political grounds, denying Venezuelans their rights to freely express their opinions and choose their own leaders, and restricting Venezuelans’ access to accurate information, Maduro robs Venezuelans of their chance to shape their own future.  We call on the Maduro regime to cease its repression and allow Venezuelans to live in the peaceful, stable, and democratic country they deserve and have long sought.

The United States stands with all Venezuelans striving courageously to build a better future for their country.  We continue to support Venezuelan-led negotiations to restore the democracy Venezuelans deserve and to alleviate the suffering brought upon them by Maduro and his enablers.  We support the efforts of the democratic Venezuelan opposition and interim President Juan Guaidó.  We will continue to work with Venezuelan and international partners using all diplomatic and economic tools available to press for the release of all those unjustly detained for political reasons, the independence of political parties, respect for freedom of expression and other universal human rights, and an end to human rights abuses.

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Venezuela

Venezuela’s Maduro: Conditions to restart talks with opposition not there yet (Reuters)

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday there will be no renewed talks with opposition politicians until “the kidnap” of a prominent government envoy Alex Saab – who was extradited to the United States – is answered for.

Venezuela’s Maduro: Conditions to restart talks with opposition not there yet | Reuters

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Venezuela

Venezuela ruling socialist party, allies sweep regional elections (Al Jazeera)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela and its allies have won big in regional elections participated by the opposition for the first time in four years.

Sunday’s vote for governors and mayors across the South American country, which was overseen by European Union observers, was widely seen as a political weather vane for a country that has experienced years of economic crisis worsened by crippling international sanctions.

Venezuela ruling socialist party, allies sweep regional elections | Elections News | Al Jazeera

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Uruguay USA Venezuela

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting on Venezuelan Refugee Assistance in Uruguay (US Department of State)

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met today with representatives of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Uruguayan civil society to discuss assistance to Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Montevideo, Uruguay.  Deputy Secretary Sherman thanked Uruguayan government and civil society leaders for their work to assist Venezuelan refugees and migrants and highlighted how U.S. funding of IOM supports its work in Uruguay.

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Russia Venezuela

Moscow stands in solidarity with Caracas to confront meddling in internal affairs — Lavrov (TASS)

Russia stands in solidarity with the Venezuelan government and country’s President Nicolas Maduro in confronting illegitimate sanctions and interference in internal affairs, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reported on Monday to open talks with his Venezuelan counterpart Felix Plasencia.

Moscow stands in solidarity with Caracas to confront meddling in internal affairs — Lavrov – Russian Politics & Diplomacy – TASS

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Russia Venezuela

Lavrov says accepted Venezuelan top diplomat’s invitation to visit Venezuela (TASS)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday he has accepted his Venezuela counterpart Felix Plasencia’s invitation to visit that country.

Lavrov says accepted Venezuelan top diplomat’s invitation to visit Venezuela – Russian Politics & Diplomacy – TASS

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Russia Venezuela

Russia to send its observers to regional election in Venezuela, top diplomat says (TASS)

Russia will send observers to the November 21 regional and municipal elections in Venezuela, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday following talks with his Venezuelan counterpart Felix Plasencia.

Russia to send its observers to regional election in Venezuela, top diplomat says – Russian Politics & Diplomacy – TASS

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