UNISON seeks peaceful resolution in Venezuela

UNISON has called on the UK government to promote dialogue to foster a peaceful solution instead of stoking tensions as a way to resolve the Venezuelan crisis.

The UK, along with European countries such as Germany, France and Spain has joined the US, Canada and several Latin American countries in endorsing Juan Guaidó, Venezuelan opposition leader and President of the National Assembly, who declared himself interim President of Venezuela.

UNISON is concerned at the escalation of international interference, including the possibility of military intervention, in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation. UNISON vehemently rejects a militarised solution to this crisis; the people of Latin America have not forgotten the brutal history of US-backed military rule in the region.

UNISON believes that Venezuelans need to resolve their differences through constructive dialogue and democratic processes without resorting to violence. International intervention risks intensifying existing political divisions and inflaming tensions which are the consequence of the severe social and economic crisis facing the country.

UNISON calls on the government to abstain from seeking regime change and intervening in the sovereign affairs of Venezuela. The UK should instead promote stability through constructive dialogue with the international community.

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