Jimmy Carter Visits Venezuela Protests: Former President Plans on Visiting Country Amid Riots
Venezuela's unrest is heating up and everyone thinks they have a solution to stop the madness. But not everyone is a former United States President. The 39th president of the United States, Mr. Jimmy Carter himself, is set to travel to the fifth most populous country in South America on April 29.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, President Carter has expressed "grave concern" about the mounting death toll protesters are facing. President Carter is also worried that the conflict between the ruling United Socialist Party (and its leader, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro) and the opposition groups (led by Miranda Governor Henrique Capriles Radonski) will escalate.
Now, you may be questioning President Carter's knowledge of the situation in Venezuela. Don't bother. President Carter has strong ties to Venezuela and has taken an active position in previous peace talks over the years. He said that both the government and opposition need to "send signals of their willingness to alleviate the present state of tension."
So in order for the latest round of peace talks to be successful both the government and opposition need to take a step back and make concessions. That means that the Venezuelan government needs to allow non-violent protests to occur. It also needs to provide fair, speedy trials to those opposition members that fall on the wrong side of the law. What the opposition needs to prove to President Carter and others involved with the peace talks is an ability to follow the Venezuelan constitution. These measures would help ensure a less violent future.
Strangely enough, Maduro and the anti-American Venezuelan government respect and admire President Carter's efforts to improve Venezuela. The opposition doesn't share the same praise.
"It is difficult for elected officials from opposition parties to resolve differences when they feel threatened and persecuted," Carter wrote.
It's nice to see a former President still doing his part to make the world a better place. And even if nothing good comes of his trip, at lease Venezuelans will know that somebody tried to help.
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