Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro’s figure caused an internal crisis in the Peruvian government on Tuesday, after Prime Minister Guido Peledo publicly rebuked Vice-Chancellor Luis Enrique Chavez for saying that Pedro Castillo’s administration does not recognize Maduro’s legitimacy as head of the Caribbean nation.
In a message posted on the social networking site Twitter, Peledo contradicted the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and stated this It is not the position of the government not to recognize the legitimate authority in Venezuela.”
The Peruvian prime minister even confirmed that President Pedro Castillo met Maduro during the CELAC summit held in Mexico. To solve the migration crisis in Venezuela, which makes Peru host nearly one million Venezuelan immigrants.
This is the supposed meeting between Castillo and Maduro referred to by Peledo were not notified by the Peruvian government or the Chavista regime.
“If the chancellor or his deputy does not like it, they open the doors,” Peledo said in a direct message to the foreign minister. Oscar Martua.
Hours ago, Vice Chancellor Chavez confirmed in statements to national media The Peruvian government has not recognized the legitimacy of any Venezuelan authority since January 5, 2021The last time the Lima Group spoke about the Venezuelan crisis.
Chavez also commented that the mention Castillo received is support Dialogue between Venezuelans between the various parties to reach a consensual democratic solution.
We have already indicated that our support is a continuation of those talks with Norwegian facilitation. The best way is not to introduce new elements to distract that conversation.”, pointed out.
Regarding the Lima Group, the Deputy Minister indicated that no formal action is required to formalize Peru’s exit from this multilateral mechanism promoted four years ago by the former Peruvian president. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski To pressure Maduro diplomatically.
In this regard, the Peruvian Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Harold ForsythHe emphasized that the Lima Group “has already completed its cycle” and that the Peruvian government was now committed to supporting talks between Chavismo and the opposition. Last month Peru has even offered itself as an alternative home to Mexico To carry out the process of dialogue between the two parties.
Advisor Oscar Martua He told the diplomatic delegations accredited in Lima that Peru supports the dialogues between Venezuelans “To make this process come to fruition, we are finally offering ourselves to be the alternative venue for the negotiations.”
“As a country that promotes international law and peaceful means of settling disputes, Peru supports the facilitation undertaken by Norway, hosted by Mexico, with the consensual support of the entire international community.Said Maúrtua, who actually held the same position between 2005-2006, when he was President of Peru Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006).
Conversations are conducted by Norwaywhich promoted a similar initiative two years ago failed. representatives Russia And Dutch They also intervene in the process as co-delegates of the regime and the opposition respectively.
Maúrtua who replaces Hector BéjarHe, who lasted 19 days in office, indicated that Peru would continue the international policy announced by the president Pedro Castillo On August 13th. On several occasions, the President referred to the foreign policy of Peru It will be distinguished by the principle of non-interference, it will condemn the unilateral blockade against states, and it will maintain relations with all countries of the world without discrimination.
Neither the foreign minister, who is traveling with President Castillo, nor the vice chancellor who is in Lima, issued an opinion on Peledo’s comments. This is the first time in this government that a prime minister has publicly denied members of the Foreign Ministry.
(With information from EFE and AP)