Declaration of Former President Jimmy Carter On The Venezuelan Negotiations

Contact: Deanna Congileo 404-420-5108

8 Nov 2002

ATLANTA, GA….I commend the Venezuelan government and opposition grouped under the Coordinadora Democratica for opening the Table of Negotiation and Accords today to resolve the deep differences between them. Direct conversation is the best method to increase understanding and to resolve conflict peacefully.

The international community and the International Tripartite Working Group including the OAS, UNDP, and Carter Center, will accompany Venezuela as it seeks to define a common future. I commend OAS Secretary General Cesar Gaviria for offering to facilitate the talks, and he has my full confidence and support.

Ultimately, it will be Venezuelans themselves who must choose between the paths of confrontation and division, or reconciliation and a promising future.