BOGOTA – Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has asked Venezuela to resolve its domestic political differences in a peaceful manner without resorting to violence.
In a press conference in Bogota on Wednesday, Annan appealed to Venezuelans to refrain from employing forceful methods to solve their problems as violence begets violence.
Annan acknowledged that the fall in petrol prices by 50 percent has greatly impacted the Venezuelan economy, but reiterated the need for a peaceful resolution.
Political tension in Venezuela escalated over the last few weeks following the completion of the year-long imprisonment of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and last week’s arrest of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma for allegedly planning a coup against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
These actions have generated strong criticism from the international community.
Lopez was arrested by the authorities on Feb. 18, 2014 for his alleged involvement in a violent anti-government demonstration which led to the death of three people and injured dozens.
Lopez is charged with public incitement, criminal association, property damage and arson.