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    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) embraces his wife Cilia Flores during an event with women, in Caracas, Venezuela Jan. 25, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 27 January 2018

The party said sanctions by the U.S. and now by the EU were behind the degradation of the economic and social situation in Venezuela.

The European United Left–Nordic Green Left party, a left-wing political group in the European Parliament, slammed Friday the decision by the European Union to impose sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials saying that such aggressive actions hinder efforts of normalization and stabilization in the country.

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“GUE/NGL rejects this decision, as it does not serve the path towards a much-needed normalization and stabilization of the country, especially when dialogue between the Government and the opposition is taking place in the Dominican Republic,” the party said in a statement posted on its website.   

The party, which is comprised of European socialist and communist groups, added that the sanctions were in fact in “violation of international law” and only add to the already severe economic hardship in the country resulting from the U.S. harsh sanctions.

“These sanctions have clearly contributed to the degradation of the economic and social situation in the country, with the depletion of food and medical supplies.”

GUE/NGL stressed that the South American country had three elections last year while presidential elections are scheduled to take place in April, adding that the opposition has been allowed to participate in all of them.

The party further rejected the “continuous attempts to undermine and overthrow the Venezuelan Bolivarian Government, which was democratically elected under the country's constitutional order, and whose political forces scored major victories in last year’s elections.

Instead of imposing illegal sanctions and feeding into the conflict, the leftist European party called on the EU to support the ongoing dialogue between the government and the opposition.

The statement comes as the United Nations also expressed support Friday for the talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition factions in the Dominican Republic. The next round of talks is set to take place on Saturday and Sunday.

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