The US sets conditions for lifting sanctions on Venezuela

The US proposes to create a provisional government in Venezuela from members of the National Assembly, which would be recognized by both the authorities and the opposition, with the subsequent holding of elections and the lifting of US sanctions, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“Elected members of the National Assembly representing both sides would create an acceptable Council of State that

would serve as a transitional government before presidential and National Assembly elections can be held — we hope this can be done within 6-12 months,” Pompeo said at a news conference at the State Department.
“The Chairman of the transitional government could not run for President in these elections. Both (Venezuelan President) Nicolas Maduro and (opposition leader) Juan Guaido would recognize the State Council as the sole executive authority during the transition period,” the Secretary of state explained.

“If the framework conditions are met, including the departure (of the country) of foreign security forces and the holding of elections that international observers deem free and fair, all remaining US sanctions will be lifted,” Pompeo said.

He expressed hope that all parties in Venezuela would “seriously” consider the proposal.

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