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The United States threatened Maduro with consequences for violating agreements with the opposition

The United States threatened Maduro with consequences for violating agreements with the opposition
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Wednesday, 24 January, 2024, 11:48

The American authorities threaten Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with consequences if he violates agreements with the opposition. This is stated in a written statement by the head of the press service of the State Department, Matthew Miller, published on Tuesday.

"The United States is deeply concerned about the issuance of arrest warrants and the detention of 33 Venezuelans, including representatives of the democratic opposition, civil society, retired military personnel, as well as journalists," the representative of the American Foreign Ministry said. "Arrests without due process are contrary to the spirit of the agreements on preparations for the elections signed in October 2023 by the [opposition] The unitary Platform and representatives of Nicolas Maduro. We call for an end to these politically motivated persecutions, including attacks on opposition campaign headquarters and any attempts to suppress the democratic aspirations of Venezuelans through fear and intimidation," Miller added.

"Actions that contradict the spirit and letter of the agreement signed in Barbados will have consequences. We call on Maduro and his representatives to adhere to the agreement on preparations for the elections, including announcing clear dates for the presidential elections in 2024 and restoring all Venezuelan political candidates [to their rights]," the statement emphasizes.

On January 23, Maduro announced the disruption of plans by the right-wing opposition to destabilize the situation in the country and assassinate the head of state, military leaders and the governor of Tachira state. He also assured that presidential elections will be held in Venezuela in 2024.