Luxembourg minister of foreign and European affairs Jean Asselborn
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Luxembourg minister of foreign and European affairs Jean Asselborn issued a statement on 4 February that the grand duchy “fully subscribes” to the EU statement issued on 26 January concerning the presidential elections in Venezuela.
The EU statement formally recognised Juan Guaidó as interim president of the South American nation.
In the statement on behalf of Luxembourg, Asselborn said:
“The presidential elections that took place on 20 May 2018 in Venezuela were neither free nor fair. We support the National Assembly chaired by Mr. Juan Guaidó, which is the democratic legitimate body of Venezuela, and we join in the calls for new presidential elections.
“Like other European partners, Luxembourg recognises the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, as interim President with the authority to implement an electoral process leading to free, fair and democratic presidential elections, in accordance with the Venezuelan Constitution.
“We join in calling for respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Venezuelan people, including the right of assembly and peaceful protest.
“The solution to the difficult situation Venezuela is going through can only be political and peaceful. In this regard, we support the efforts of the international community and the launch by the European Union of the international contact group, which will begin its work on 7 February in Montevideo, Uruguay, to help create the necessary conditions for the emergence of a credible democratic process in Venezuela.”