Could Canada’s Justin Trudeau Serve as the Next Mediator in Venezuela’s Crisis?

By: Karina Martín - Jun 13, 2017, 10:47 am
Pictured: Foreign Minister of Peru Ricardo Luna. (Twitter)

EspañolPeru’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna has suggested that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau serve as a possible “mediator” of the crisis in Venezuela.

According to Luna, Trudeau could preside over the international arbitration commission to “preserve democracy” in Venezuela, proposed by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

Luna’s main reasoning for making the suggestion was, he said, that Trudeau is currently holding a “global power role.”

In addition, the foreign minister said that “it is not necessary to obsess” over the idea that the Venezuelan crisis will be solved by the intervention of the Organization of American States. In his opinion, the idea of creating a “contact group” composed of several countries seeking to resolve the situation could also prove effective.


Peru President Kuczynski, also known as PPK,  has proposed an arbitration process for the political, economic and social crisis in Venezuela that will avoid a “blood bath.”

“If nothing is done,” warned PPK, “we will end up with a bloodbath, we will have a (migratory) invasion in Cúcuta on the border with Colombia, we will have people arriving in Curacao in boats.”

PPK made it clear that it would not be an interference but rather “an arbitration mechanism” to preserve democracy, “nothing more.”

According to the PPK , the priority is to secure the release of all political prisoners in Venezuela. Without that, he said, there is no chance at dialogue.

“If you do that, which is a very high priority, I think, three countries that are friends of democracy can appoint some advisers and three countries on the other side can also name people. Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Peru, Chile, Colombia or Brazil. And that should be done as an arbitration,” he said.

Sources: El Comercio; El Nacional; El Carabobeño.

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Eyeing Economic Gains, Panama Breaks Ties with Taiwan to Pursue New Relationship with China

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jun 13, 2017, 10:34 am

EspañolPanama has broken diplomatic ties with Taiwan to establish links with China. President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela made the announcement Monday, June 13 on nationally broadcast radio and television shows, during which he said the relationship with Taiwan ended successfully during discussions between the countries' two Secretaries of Foreign Affairs. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Currently, Taiwan maintains diplomatic relations with 20 countries, of which 11 are in Latin America and the Caribbean, an area that remains the center of East China's diplomacy. China demands the countries with which it maintains diplomatic relations disassociate from Taiwan, as it considers the island a "renegade province." Both countries consider themselves "the legitimate heirs of unified China." Tweet: I am telling the country and the world that Panama and the People's Republic of China are establishing diplomatic relations today. President Varela argued that China is a country "which alone represents 20 percent of the world's population and is the second largest economy in the world. This is a situation that a responsible leader could not continue to perpetuate." Read More: Moving Images from Protests on the Streets of Venezuela – Slideshow Read More: Bolivia President Evo Morales Accuses OAS of Supporting “Coup” in Venezuela As for the country's interest in Panama, Varela said that China is the second most important user of the Panama Canal and the first supplier of goods in the region. Varela also said Taiwan has been "a great friend of Panama" and that the country maintains strong gratitude for its friendship and cooperation during all these years. Source: BBC

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