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The inauguration of the constituent assembly and its first actions, including the removal of Luisa Ortega from her office of Public prosecutor, have further weakened the prospects for a peaceful return to the democratic order in Venezuela, contrary to recent claims that peace and democracy would benefit. They have also increased the polarization of an already divided society.
The EU recalls that there is no alternative to the respect of legitimate institutions, to the separation of powers and the respect for citizens' rights to freely express their political opinion. The Venezuelan government has the responsibility to guarantee the respect of the Venezuelan Constitution. The EU reiterates its appeal to all the actors in Venezuela to work towards the installation of trust and confidence needed for a negotiated solution to the institutional crisis.
We expect the Venezuelan government to urgently liberate all political prisoners and ensure the respect of the rule of law and human rights.
The EU will continue to work with all stakeholders – national and international – to ensure adequate support for a non-violent return to the democratic order and the solution of the economic and social plight of the Venezuelan people.