France condemns violence in Venezuela
Paris, 4 August 2017
France deeply regrets developments in the situation in Venezuela and condemns the violence, which has worsened over recent days and again resulted in many casualties. The arrests of Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma on Tuesday 1 August sent another very negative signal in this regard. They mark a new stage in the confrontation and are unlikely to make it any easier to restore trust.
Our European partners share these concerns, which were expressed by the High Representative, Ms Mogherini. Together we call for a de-escalation, respect for human rights, the rule of law and basic freedoms. We hope the institutions will function normally again as soon as possible.
France, in consultation with its European partners and in support of the efforts being made by the countries in the region, will continue to back any mediation which would allow the resumption of a credible, sincere and serious dialogue between the government and the opposition and end the spiral of violence. Our ambassador over there remains in contact with all the parties.
Indeed, dialogue is the only possible way of pulling that country out of the crisis it is going through, of which the Venezuelan people are the first victims./.