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Gabriela Cerruti, on the situation in Venezuela: "It is not that it seems to us that everything is fine, but it is not all bad either"


The spokesperson for the Presidency spoke in the midst of the controversial visit of Nicolás Maduro to Argentina for the Celac summit.

In the midst of the controversy over the arrival of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to Argentina to participate next Tuesday in the CELAC summit, a visit that generated strong repudiation from politicians, academics and human rights leaders, the spokesperson for the Presidency, Gabriela Cerruti spoke about the situation in the Caribbean country and said: 

"It doesn't seem entirely right to us, but much less it seems entirely bad to us."

"When Argentina had to condemn human rights violations in certain places and sectors at the UN, it did so. It helped Michelle Bachelet and the Human Rights office to be in Caracas and could make their report there, but everything that

by holding talks with the democratically elected president in Venezuela

," said the official, in dialogue with

El Destape Radio


And he continued making particular reference to the Caribbean country:

"It is not that everything that is happening seems good to us, but much less everything seems bad to us."

Cerruti assured that Venezuela "is

a country that has been under siege

in recent years, where they have come to do absurd things."

In this sense,

he compared it to "the Argentina of (Mauricio) Macri

, and other countries led by (Donald) Trump in the United States, such as recognizing an opposition man (by Juan Guaidó) who stood in a square and said be the president and suddenly other countries started to recognize him.

"Let's try to transfer things to Argentina to understand what we are talking about. Guaidó is a man who one day stood in a square, said 'I am president' and was recognized by a number of nations, with Trump at the head.

Yes That's not a hit, what's a hit?

" he exclaimed.

Lastly, the government spokesperson pointed out that "in this context, under the siege and embargo against Venezuela, Argentina is part of the concert of democratic nations that tries to contribute to solutions, that tries to discuss in international forums what needs to be discuss and that of course will receive one of the presidents that each country elects democratically to carry out the talks and discussions that have to be carried out".

Nicolás Maduro at the Miraflores Palace.

Photo: EFE

Maduro, accused of human rights violations and considered a dictator by the United States, was invited by Alberto Fernández, who today leads CELAC, together with leaders from all over the region and everything indicates, for now, that he will travel.

The President also invited Joe Biden – who will not attend and will send Chris Dodd, his special adviser for the region – and the Chinese Xi Jinping, who will intervene with a video.

The Biden government did not want to comment on Maduro's visit to Argentina, but experts consulted by


in Washington pointed out that the American leaders should take the opportunity to pressure him to call free elections, respect democracy and the rule of law.

Maduro has an arrest warrant in the United States for drug terrorism and is subject to financial sanctions along with his family and his main officials.

For their part, a group of political leaders, intellectuals and human rights leaders published a video with a forceful message against the invitation of Alberto Fernández to Maduro, Miguel Díaz Canel (Cuba) and Daniel Ortega (Nicaragua).

"Dictators never again"

is the title of the spot broadcast by the Argentine Forum for Democracy in the Region.

And he states: "For a country like Argentina, which does not forget the horrors of its own dictatorship,

these visits are an offense

. For thousands of migrants, expelled by these same dictators, these visits are an insult and a provocation."

"They are not welcome here. Stop this! Understand that in Argentina, never again means... never again!", they ask Alberto Fernández.

Cerruti: "The opposition does not know what to dress up as"

In the midst of the repudiation and questioning of the opposition arc, the president of the PRO,

Patricia Bullrich

, demanded that the Justice detain him if he "comes to Argentina" for "having committed crimes against humanity."

"If Nicolás Maduro comes to Argentina, he must be immediately arrested for having committed crimes against humanity," the opposition leader published on Twitter.

And he specified: "Just as it happened with Pinochet in London, in 1998. Justice must act to protect the universal validity of human rights."

In this regard, Cerruti replied: "I think

the opposition does not know what to disguise itself as

. I listen to Macri and (Horacio Rodríguez) Larreta talk about Argentina's isolation from the world and the truth is that Argentina has had an international presence with the presidency of Alberto Fernández in the G-20, in the G-7 in Celac, in the pro tempore presidency of Mercosur and in permanent meetings with all the leaders".

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Source: clarin

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