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Mexico, Uruguay propose four-stage mechanism for peace in Venezuela

IANS  |  Montevideo 

and on Wednesday in this capital proposed the so-called "Mechanism," a four-stage process consisting of immediate dialogue, negotiation, commitments and implementation to achieve peace in

"We're proposing the Mechanism as per our legitimate interest and readiness to contribute to helping the Venezuelan people and the involved actors find a solution to their differences," the two nations said in a joint communique backed by the Caribbean Community (Caricom).

If Venezuela's elected government, headed by Nicolas Maduro, and the opposition -- unified behind the figure of self-proclaimed interim -- agree to dialogue in accord with this plan, the of the (Segib), Rebeca Grynspan, former Uruguayan and former Mexican would be invited to accompany the process.

In addition, a top and "figures of recognized international experience and moral quality" would also be called upon to participate, reports

In that regard, the tripartite initiative is being established as a "peaceful and democratic alternative that favours dialogue and peace to foster the necessary conditions for a comprehensive and lasting solution."

According to the proposal, the first phase -- that of immediate dialogue -- is designed to generate the conditions for direct contact among the involved actors "within a secure environment."

Immediately thereafter, the process would move to the phase where a "strategic presentation of the results of the dialogue phase" would be made to the parties in which points in common and areas of opportunity would be sought to make their positions more flexible and identify potential areas of agreement.

The third phase, that of commitment, would consist of constructing and signing the agreement based on the results of the previous phase.

Finally, the implementation phase would be undertaken with international monitoring and support.

Although and Uruguay, along with the Caricom countries, recognize "the level of complexity and the circumstances" in Venezuela, they also said in the document that they feel this is "no reason to reject diplomatic routes to the solution of controversies."

In addition, they reiterated their concern over the serious humanitarian situation in Venezuelan and "respectfully" urged the parties to guarantee the preservation of human rights.

Uruguayan and his foreign minister, Rodolfo Nin Novoa, met in on Wednesday with Mexican to discuss the Venezuelan crisis.



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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 07:56 IST