ACI Prensa Staff, Jun 24, 2021 / 16:02 pm
Cardinal Baltazar Porras, archbishop of Mérida and apostolic administrator of Caracas, said that the Church in Venezuela can help facilitate talks between the government of President Nicolás Maduro and the opposition, led by national assemblyman Juan Guaidó, to overcome the serious crisis currently affecting the country.
"As always, our role does not even have to be a mediator, but a facilitator," Porras said in an interview with Unión Radio reported by the EFE news agency.
The cardinal explained that the talks should not focus on the country’s problems - which are already known - but on encouraging the political will to define "what we want and where we want to go."
"It can't simply be with half-measures that don’t solve the problem,” as the international community knows that “there must be a series of fundamental freedoms so sanctions can also be negotiated and there be access to so many things that we need," the archbishop explained.