Adriana Peña, the president of Mercosur Human Rights
Commission, landed on Wednesday in Maiquetía airport
in order to start an investigation into the issue of political
ineligibility following a complaint filed by Chacao Mayor
"I came to work according to the duties and responsibilities vested in my position," said the parliamentarian. She reported also that additional members of the commission, including a Paraguayan delegation, would arrive in the evening.
She said that the arrival of Brazilian and Argentinean parliamentarians had not been confirmed yet.
In any way, she said, "we, at the Commission, will hold a meeting in Montevideo to try to define our move from now to next Tuesday."
She clarified that they were not biased or had taken sides with anybody. "The point at issue is that we came to listen to all the parties. While multiple international institutions have issued their opinions on the matter, we have come without preconceptions."
Peña reported that they had sent letters to the Comptroller General and members of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) to approach them and listen to their version of events.
US-CUBA Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro told on Wednesday to his Cuban counterpart, Raúl Castro, that Venezuelans were very happy with the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States after 53 years, according to a communiqué released by the Venezuelan Foreign Office.
DIPLOMACY As the United States and Cuba resume their diplomatic relation, the Venezuelan government one of the main partners and allies of the Caribbean country is forced to conduct damage control and to refocus its relation with the US, according to analysts.
US-CUBA Restored diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States "moves the floor" for the policy of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who could be forced to restate his wording, analysts told AFP on Wednesday.