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Unasur accepts invitation to Venezuela's peace conference

English.news.cn   2014-03-22 06:45:29

CARACAS, March 21 (Xinhua) -- The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) has accepted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro' s invitation to take part in an ongoing National Peace Conference designed to put an end to violent anti-government protests, Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations Jorge Valero said Friday.

Foreign Affairs ministers from Unasur member countries will attend the ongoing National Peace Conference, Valero said in a statement aired by Venezuela's state TV channel, the National Assembly Television.

"It is very important that the Foreign Affairs ministers have heeded the invitation. The presence of the Unasur Foreign Affairs ministers is welcome" during next week's conference, to support the process of national dialogue seeking to peacefully resolve the political crisis, Valero said.

The anti-government protests have left more than 30 dead since they broke out on Feb. 12.

Venezuela must "resolve its affairs within the framework of institutions established specifically to diffuse situations that can arise in countries," said Valero, adding the Unasur "has the political and moral authority to contribute to the national peace process."

Brazilian Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo told a press conference Friday in Berlin after meeting his German counterpart that the Unasur envoys will "support the dialogue between Venezuela's political forces," with the hope of seeing concrete results shortly.

Figueiredo said he will travel to Caracas early next week as part of a special Unasur committee.

Since being elected by a razor-thin margin, Maduro's mandate has been under attack by the country's right-wing factions, with his main presidential rival refusing to accept the results.

Editor: yan
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