Serhat TUNAR –TDO- The European Union has called for Venezuelan authorities to respect the "civil rights, freedom and safety" of parliamentary chief Juan Guaido, but stopped short of following Washington and recognizing him as interim president.
"On 23 January, the people of Venezuela have massively called for democracy and the possibility to freely determine their own destiny. These voices cannot be ignored," the EU said in statement.
"The Venezuelan people have the right to peacefully demonstrate, to freely choose its leaders and decide its future," the statement added.
With the “The European Union and its member states remain ready to support the restoration of democracy and rule of law in Venezuela through a credible peaceful political process in line with the Venezuelan constitution” words the statement ended.
Guaido has sworn himself in as the head of the state with the support of nations around the region, leaving President Nicolas Maduro increasingly isolated.