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The Members of the International Contact Group (ICG) on Venezuela are pleased to inform that they have accepted the request of the Republic of Panama to join the ICG. They welcome Panama’s commitment to contribute to a peaceful and democratic solution to the crisis in Venezuela and look forward to the positive role this country will play as part of the ICG’s efforts.
They view Panama’s decision to join the Contact Group as further evidence of a growing international consensus around the need for a peaceful solution, including the organisation of free and transparent Presidential elections, as the only way out of the worsening political, economic and humanitarian crisis that has been besetting Venezuela and whose effects are affecting many countries in the region.
The International Contact Group will now bring together Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Panama, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Uruguay in a common effort to foster support to a peaceful and democratic way out of the crisis in Venezuela and to facilitate the access and increase of humanitarian aid to that country.