New York

26 February 2014

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Venezuela

The Secretary-General is saddened by continuing reports of violence and loss of life amid protests in Venezuela, and urges that all efforts be urgently made to lower the tensions and prevent further violence. He has taken note of the calls for dialogue made by President Nicolas Maduro and other Venezuelans. He hopes for concrete gestures by all parties to reduce polarization and create the necessary conditions to engage in a meaningful dialogue so that calm can be fully restored in the country as soon as possible.

The Secretary-General calls for the protection of the human rights of all Venezuelans. He appeals to Venezuelans, no matter their political perspective, to voice differences and grievances peacefully and in accordance with the law, and to seek common ground.