Dominican Chancellor highlights Truth Commission decision that strengthens dialogue

The Chancellor of the Dominican Republic, Miguel Vargas, pointed out that the decision of the Commission for Truth, Justice, Peace and Public Tranquility of recommending alternative measures to the deprivation of liberty of 80 people involved in acts of violence during 2014 and 2017, strengthens the dialogue between the National Government and the Venezuelan opposition.

Through a statement the diplomat said that: “With this the Government of Venezuela leaves its expressed willingness to continue the dialogue negotiations to reach an agreement through a peaceful, democratic and stable solution”.

He stressed that the measure establishes better scenarios for the fourth day of negotiations that will take place in Santo Domingo on January 11 and 12, 2018, according to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic.

The decision taken by the commission of the National Constituent Assembly revolves around the reparation of the victims and that the country knows the truth about these facts, for which community work is contemplated for the convicted persons, as a form of compensation to the victims.

On January 11 and 12, the Government’s delegation and the opposition will meet again in the Caribbean country to continue with the dialogue table.

These meetings will cover six points: the Truth Commission that leads the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), economic guarantees, political and electoral guarantees, the acknowledgement of the ANC, the institutional balance, and the economic and social situation.

The meeting of the 11th will be only between the representatives of both groups and that of the 12th will be chaired by the Dominican President Danilo Medina, and the former President of the Spanish government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and will be accompanied by the foreign ministers of Chile, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Mexico.