WASHINGTON, USA -- The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, said that the confrontations in the streets, mutual insults and successive prosecutions and dismissals of members of the opposition, which continue to occur in Venezuela, "confirm once again the need for a comprehensive dialogue that includes the government and all opposition figures, along with the representatives of the major social organizations, in order to achieve common answers to the political, economic and social crisis in the South American nation."
José Miguel Insulza
Insulza said, "The conciliatory mission to be undertaken in the coming days by the ministers of UNASUR is a new opportunity for the parties in conflict to recognize the urgency of agreeing minimum points of understanding that will allow everyone to sit at the table in good faith, and with the confidence that this will not be a purely formal and empty encounter, but one that will address the substantive issues that divide Venezuelan society."
The OAS leader also referred to what he considers "obstacles that exclude many people from taking part in this effort that should be overcome beforehand."
"For the government it does not make sense to talk with those who openly deny its legitimacy and pursue its overthrow. For the opposition, however, is impossible to do so while some of its leaders are arrested or have their rights ignored," he said.
"Without recognition by the opposition of the existing institutions, and by the government of the legitimacy of the opposition -- of all the opposition -- the dialogue Venezuela needs today cannot be carried out," said the secretary general of the OAS, reiterating his call, "once again, to all authorities and Venezuelan political leaders to lay aside confrontation, to assume their responsibilities and seek together a solution that prevents continued deaths and violence, and takes up the hopes of the people of Venezuela who yearn for peace."