Thursday - Jun 20, 2019

Lopez Obrador calls for peaceful solution in Venezuela


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by the El Reportero’s wire services

Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday called on all parties involved in the conflict in Venezuela to seek a negotiated solution through dialogue and non-violence.

In his morning press conference at the National Palace, López Obrador was asked about the US pressures to recognize the artificial president created by the White House in the figure of a lawmaker in contempt, Juan Guaidó, and he said that Mexico’s stance in accordance with the Constitution is invariable.

Respectfully, I ask all parties in the conflict to sit to talk and seek a peaceful solution. I can do that because our Constitution speaks about non-violent solutions to disputes.

I call for that, not for polarization, not for confrontation, not for manipulation, least of all for violence. I don’t want to give any kinds of opinions. We have established our position, which is in the Constitution, he repeated. López Obrador confirmed that Mexico is willing to assist in a dialogue to achieve peace in any nation. The doors to our territory are open to dialogue and that mediating role can be done not only by us, but also by the Uruguayans, diplomats of world prestige, the UN, even the Church has already done so.

It means that there are ways to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Venezuela and the parties must show their will to that. That is one of the reasons why we don’t want to take sides.

What I don’t want is to get involved in an affair that is very polarized. I don’t want to be lamp in the street, darkness in the house. First to attend to our problems and follow the principles which have always been applied on the best times of the country: non-intervention, self-determination of the peoples, peaceful solution.

Mexico is respectful of the decision made by other peoples and other governments, and no one likes that our neighbors interfere in the colony, in the affairs of our families, in our homes, the president added.
Let us not forget that respect for the rights of others means peace. Who are we to interfere in and judge what is happening in that country? He wondered in reference to Venezuela.

PAHO Warning of possible dengue outbreaks in LATAM, Caribbean
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today urged countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to prepare for possible outbreaks of dengue, a disease endemic to the region.

Marcos Espinal, director of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health of the entity, explained in a statement that ‘dengue is the viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes of greater spread in the Americas.

He stressed that the complexity of the disease increased over time due to factors such as unplanned urban growth, water and sanitation problems, climate and environmental change, as well as the simultaneous circulation in some countries of the four existing types of dengue.

According to the latest epidemiological update of PAHO on dengue published on February 22, 560,586 cases were reported last year in the Americas, including 3,535 severe patients and 336 deaths. In the first six weeks of 2019, almost 100,000 cases were reported, of which 632 were serious and 28 people dead.

PAHO provides technical cooperation to its Member States to prevent and control the disease.