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EU calls for comprehensive probe into Venezuela drone 'attack'

AFP  |  Brussels 

The has called for a "comprehensive and transparent investigation" into a drone "assassination" bid on Venezuela's

A for the EU's said in a statement yesterday the bloc rejected "any form of violence and expects that a comprehensive and transparent investigation of Saturday's drone attack is conducted to establish the facts, in full respect for the rule of law and for human rights.

"In this regard, the EU expects the recognition of the National Assembly's constitutional powers, including the full respect of its prerogatives concerning the parliamentary immunity of its members, in line with established constitutional rights, legislation and procedures," she added.

Maduro, who has systematically sidelined the opposition as he tightens his grip over his troubled nation, accuses the opposition and of being behind Saturday's "attack".

The says he was targeted by two drones carrying C4 explosives.

Live images on Saturday showed Maduro halting his speech at a military parade following a detonation that prompted dozens of soldiers in front of him to run away in panic.

A super-legislative body loyal to revoked the immunity of two Venezuelan opposition lawmakers Wednesday, in order to put them on trial for allegedly masterminding the drone "attack" bid. Maduro has singled out two lawmakers: Julio Borges, former of the opposition-dominated legislature who now lives in exile; and

Requesens has been seized by intelligence officers, while Venezuela's on Wednesday ordered Borges' arrest.

The -- a body set up last year by Maduro to arrogate powers from the elected legislature -- followed up by stripping Borges and Requesens of their immunity.

"The EU reiterates its support for a negotiated, for the multiple crises affecting the country as the only way forward," the EU statement added.

"This needs to encompass a return to constitutional normality restoring democratic process and the rule of law, respect for fundamental rights and freedoms, release of all political prisoners, and addressing the pressing humanitarian needs of the population.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 03:25 IST