EU urges peaceful solution in Venezuela

The EU on Monday urged all sides in Venezuela to abstain from violence and seek a political solution as the death toll mounts in clashes between the government and opposition. Protests against leftist President Nicolas Maduro demanding early elections have left 38 dead since April 1, with many hundreds wounded and arrested. The EU said all parties should work towards a settlement which would allow “the establishment of an electoral calendar.” Mediation efforts have got nowhere, polarization has increased, and the economic and social situation in the oil-rich country has got worse, said a statement approved by EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.

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