Dozens of parliamentarians from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland have launched a declaration calling on the international community to reject ongoing right-wing violence in Venezuela, which has since claimed at least 94 lives.
The signatories, calling themselves the Nordic Initiative, expressed support for the upcoming National Constituent Assembly, a process called for by President Nicolas Maduro to ease political tensions. They called on opposition forces to respect the nationwide campaign, along with the December 2017 regional elections and the December 2018 presidential election.
“We adhere to the democratic forces in the world that demand a halt to the violence that affects Venezuela at this moment,” the declaration reads.
“We are convinced that dialogue and a peaceful solution are the best way to end the confrontation between the government and the opposition. We condemn the violent actions that have led to the death of innocent people and the destruction of public and private institutions and buildings.”
Warning against further violence, the group claimed that “nobody would win” if the country became ungovernable or if a civil war broke out.
Signatories also called on Nordic countries to openly join in the call for dialogue and peace in Venezuela and to support the efforts of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, in making Latin America “a zone of peace.”
The Nordic Initiative is expected to collect additional signatures in coming days and make official requests for their demands to regional authorities.