On Venezuela, MEPs call for EU sanctions

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Venezuelans fleeing the country, cross the border to Colombia in Cucuta, Colombia, 26 July 2017.

On Venezuela, MEPs call for EU sanctions


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The European Parliament on September 13 approved a resolution calling on Brussels to freeze EU assets of all those involved in the serious violations of human rights in Venezuela and restrict their access to EU territory.

According to the resolution, which was approved by 526 votes to 96, with 59 abstentions, MEPs condemn the elections in Venezuela to a Constituent Assembly of July 30 as being in breach of the separation of powers. They do not “recognise any actions and decisions taken by the newly established assembly due to its lack of legitimacy”.

The MEPs called on EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the European Council to consider freezing the EU assets of all those involved in the serious violations of human rights in Venezuela and restricting their access to EU territory.

In the text, MEPs stress the need to strengthen EU trade ties and cooperation with the Latin America and Caribbean region, based on common values, interests and policy agendas, in order to tackle global challenges such as mass migration, terrorism, climate change, and poverty.

 

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