Both groups, he
said, “have explained their points of view to me and I personally
believe it is important, as I have said on repeated occasions, that
there needs to be a political agreement between all sectors of the
country” so that those who don’t think conditions currently exist for
legitimate elections in December can feel “that the doors are open for
authentic and truly democratic elections.”
cardinal-designate said that his meeting with opposition leaders was a
reflection of his commitment to dialogue and of the mission that the
bishops have as builders of peace in Venezuela.
added, the greatest responsibility falls to the ruling party, which
holds a majority in all branches of government and has the duty to
ensure free and fair elections in December.
He also said the
government must display a willingness to foster reconciliation in the
country and to “apply diverse measures of amnesty to those who have
been sentenced for crimes that have to do with political issues.”
said the Church would continue to promote dialogue among the different
factions, as “the most important thing is that we find a democratic
solution to the existing disagreements.”
a meeting with top opposition leaders this week, the Archbishop of
Caracas, Cardinal-designate Jorge Urosa Sabino, underscored the need to
reach an understanding between the government and major opposition
groups in order for the upcoming December elections to be legitimate.