Bolivian President Evo Morales on Friday called upon Brussels to support a political dialogue in crisis-plagued Venezuela, noting that there had been many interventions from outside forces throughout history that had only resulted in democracies being toppled.
“History has taught us that there have been many interventions from the outside, like in Libya or Iraq, and they never offered a solution, they only abolished democracy. The only solution for Venezuela is dialogue, which should be supported by the European Union,” Morales said, following a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens.
Tsipras, in turn, echoed Morales’ position on Venezuela.
“The only option in the coming days is a dialogue between the two sides: the government and the opposition. [They need] to sit at the same negotiating table to avoid an escalation of the crisis and possibly a bloody civil conflict,” the Greek Prime Minister stressed.
Athens will oppose any attempt of “military intervention or military solution,” because it believes that the only way out for the peoples is “democracy and their own sovereignty,” Tsipras concluded.
The United States openly supports opposition leader Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself Venezuela’s “interim president” in January. While dozens of nations have since endorsed Guaido, Russia, China and numerous others have reaffirmed their support for Nicolas Maduro as Venezuela’s only legitimate president.