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UN urges all efforts be made to lower tensions in Venezuela


Shoppers wait in line for five hours to buy a ration of bread from a small bakery in Cumaná, Venezuela. Photo: Meridith Kohut/IRIN

NEW YORK, USA — The United Nations on Thursday expressed concern about the latest developments in Venezuela, calling on the government and the opposition to address the country’s challenges for the benefit of the people.

“We call on the government of Venezuela and the opposition to engage sincerely to reactivate dialogue efforts,” according to a statement attributable to UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.

Specifically, he noted dialogue around critical issues that are already agreed to be placed on the agenda, namely the balance of power among branches of the state, the electoral calendar, human rights, truth and justice and the socioeconomic situation.

Dujarric called for “concrete gestures” to reduce polarisation and to create the necessary conditions to address the country’s challenges.