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Washington waits for Venezuelan gov't-opposition meeting

US State Secretary John Kerry insisted he did not want to interfere in the crisis facing the country, to prevent the US from being used "as an excuse" for failure

John Kerry said the situation in the country is alarming (J. Scott Applewhite)
EL UNIVERSAL
Tuesday April 08, 2014  02:28 PM
US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that his country will not take action on the situation in Venezuela or issue any statements as long as efforts such as those made by the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) for the Venezuelan government and dissenters to engage in a dialogue are under way.

In a hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate, Kerry insisted he did not want to interfere in the crisis facing the country, to prevent the US from being used "as an excuse" for failure, reported EFE.

"Right now we do support the mediation efforts by third parties aimed at trying to put an end to violence and seeing if we can engage in an honest dialogue to address people's legitimate complaints in Venezuela," Kerry said.

"As we sit here today, I think the Unasur delegation is meeting in Caracas, and for the first time the government and the opposition are going to meet," he added.

Questioned by Republican Senator Marco Rubio, Kerry replied "this is a very delicate time for a possibility of negotiation."

"The fact that they have held elections does not mean that there is democracy," Rubio, a Cuban-US lawmaker and one of the most active in denouncing the violence occurred in Caracas streets and other Venezuelan cities in recent months .

Kerry hailed Rubio's efforts in connection with the Venezuelan crisis and agreed with him that the situation in the country is alarming.

"We have expressed our concern," Kerry added. He remarked that he spoke a few weeks ago with Foreign Minister Elías Jaua. "We've had our people on the ground to talk about it, so I do not think there's any doubt to Venezuela 's people about what our position is," he added.
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