José María Aznar has urged the Spanish government to support the initiative to try the Venezuelan dictator, Nicolás Maduro, before the International Criminal Court because of human rights violations, after considering that “the Venezuelan crisis cannot be resolved through political dialogue.” Aznar made these statements in Bogotá, after his private meeting with Colombian President Iván Duque.
“I would very much like the Spanish Government's position to be that of sending dictator Maduro to the International Criminal Court.” Aznar pointed out this in an appearance before the media, referring to the declaration by Pedro Sánchez's Executive that Spain would not join the denunciation against Maduro announced by six other countries. “I believe that the correct position must be accompanied by all those measures serving to rescue Venezuela’s democracy,” added Aznar, who described the humanitarian catastrophe in Venezuela as “brutal and terrible.”
According to Aznar, “the Venezuelan crisis cannot be solved through an absolutely counterproductive political dialogue. That is the practical example of what certain policies imply (policies that only mean ruin, destruction, impoverishment and exile).”
Aznar has been received in private at Casa de Nariño, seat of the Colombian Executive, by President Iván Duque, in front of whom he has applauded Colombia's “exemplary solidarity” with those Venezuelans leaving their country. He also supported Duque's position regarding talks with the guerrillas and the implementation of the peace accords. “Absolutely right,” he claimed.