Jimmy Carter Heading To VenezuelaBy: Emily Greene - February 25, 2014
With the current political unrest in Venezuela right now – violent protests against the government killing many innocent victims – former President Jimmy Carter is planning a trip to the troubled country.
Carter sent a letter to President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Henrique Capriles, offering his help. In the past Carter has served as a mediator in political conflict in Venezuela.
In his letter Carter said it is a must that both sides “send signals of their willingness to alleviate the present state of tension,” adding, “It is difficult for elected officials from opposition parties to resolve differences when they feel threatened and persecuted.”
It is important that the opposition does not act violently and works within their constitutional limits. It is also important that the current regime allows the opposition to protest, albeit peacefully, and be impartial to the protesters who are currently in jail.
The planned trip to meet with the current Venezuelan president and opposition leader will (hopefully) coincide with Carter’s trip to Caracas on April 29 to discuss a health program with Venezuela and Brazil. According to Americas director for the Carter Center, Jennifer McCoy, the program “seeks to eliminate river blindness in one of the last areas where the disease is still present in Latin America — among the Yanomami Indians who live on the two countries’ border.”
Many people have voiced their opinion on Twitter about Carter’s upcoming trip to Venezuela. Many of those people think Carter should just stay here in America.
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