November 29, 2022

The European Union declares the head of the Nicaraguan mission persona non grata

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(CNN Spanish) — The European Union declared person non grata to the head of the Mission of Nicaragua, Zoila Müller, at the initiative of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, reported a press release from the European Council on Monday.

He added that it is a reciprocal response to the “unjustified” decision of the Nicaraguan government to declare on September 28 a person non grata to the ambassador of the European Union Bettina Muscheidt.

National media reported that the Nicaraguan government notified the diplomat of this decision for what they considered “interference and disrespect for national sovereignty” on the part of the Union. This occurred after the bloc’s delegation demanded the release of detained opponents and “return the sovereignty of Nicaragua to the Nicaraguan people.”

The European Union’s spokesman for foreign affairs, Peter Stano, had referred to the matter on his Twitter account on October 2.

“The European Union condemns the expulsion of its ambassador, a unilateral decision, without justification. This step, and a similar action against the Netherlands, will affect relations (European Union-Nicaragua) and further isolate the regime in Managua. The US will respond in a firm and proportionate manner,” he wrote.

The tense relations between Nicaragua and the European Union

In its statement on Monday, the European Council reaffirmed its continued commitment to the Nicaraguan people and “to the defense of democracy, the rule of law and human rights.”

“The current political crisis in Nicaragua must be resolved through a genuine dialogue between the government and the opposition,” the statement added, reiterating that “the EU remains open to dialogue with Nicaragua, provided that this dialogue is carried out in a respectful.”

Relations between Nicaragua and the European Union have remained tense since the beginning of the sociopolitical crisis in 2018, and the bloc’s calls to release opponents, restore democratic institutions and respect human rights.

The European Union has imposed sanctions on government officials and relatives of President Daniel Ortega for allegations of human rights violations, which have been considered by Nicaragua as acts of interference.



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