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Minister José Serra received today, June 14, the visit of Henrique Capriles, Governor of the state of Miranda, an important Venezuelan opposition leader, and major defender of a democratic and pacific electoral process as an alternative to handle the serious crisis in that country.

During the meeting, they addressed the political, economic and humanitarian crisis, and the human rights situation in Venezuela. Governor Capriles' account of the situation confirms the urgent need for a solution to the Venezuelan crisis.

Minister José Serra reiterated Brazil's concern and willingness to seek solutions, always in order to preserve democracy and to relieve the suffering of the population. Brazil would like to see the government and the opposition resuming talks. However, in order to become valid, such a dialogue must be effective, immediate and be held in good faith.

The Minister and the Governor discussed ongoing initiatives within the OAS, Unasur and Mercosur, and the process of holding a recall referendum.  Minister Serra pointed out that Brazil welcomes this alternative.

Minister Serra also emphasized the imperative of full respect for the constitution and laws of Venezuela and, in this regard, the independence and prerogatives of the different branches of government, so that the sovereign will of the Venezuelan people prevails.

Minister Serra highlighted the Brazilian Government's major concern over the humanitarian issue, in particular the serious shortage of medicines, and reiterated Brazil's willingness to donate basic medicines produced by our state-run laboratories, through international organizations.

Minister Serra also reiterated his concern over arbitrary arrests and recalled that the Government of Venezuela has the responsibility to guarantee freedom of expression and the full respect for the human rights of all citizens in that country.


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