Building on the work done since the Quito Ministerial Declaration, the ICG stresses that the best way forward lies in a credible negotiated political process, with the objective of bringing the country to democratic elections. This requires urgent meaningful confidence building measures, such as the release of political prisoners and changes in the respective branches of power in order to make them independent and accountable. The ICG will continue to support and facilitate efforts that can allow the country to move in this direction. The International Contact Group on Venezuela met in San José this week.Manuel Ventura Robles, Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister, and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, read the ICG’s statement during a Tuesday press conference.Below is the declaration in its entirety: Statement ICG, Ministerial meeting, San José, 6/7 MayThe International Contact Group (ICG) met on 6 and 7 May in San José, Costa Rica, at ministerial level. Concerned by the recent events in Venezuela, the ICG members renewed their commitment to a political, peaceful, democratic and Venezuelan-owned solution, through the holding of free and fair presidential elections as soon as possible. Related posts:Maduro exhorts Venezuela military to fight ‘any coup plotter;’ Costa Rica to host international meeting Contact Group pushes for progress on Venezuela impasse Venezuela: three months of crisis Life in limbo: The uncertainty of Venezuelans without a valid passport in the U.S. Facebook Comments The ICG expresses its deep concern about the suffering of the Venezuelan people caused by increased insecurity and the continued deterioration of the humanitarian situation, which has been further exacerbated by the lack of electricity and water supply in many areas of the country. In view of this, the ICG fully supports the ongoing efforts of the United Nations to establish an effective humanitarian response system and to deliver assistance to those most in need. In this regard, it also underlines the urgent need for a substantial humanitarian response that is commensurate with needs and in full compliance with the humanitarian principles and resolution 46/182 of UNGA. It is important and urgent that humanitarian organisations have unimpeded access and can effectively deliver and significantly scale up assistance swiftly, without constraints, free from any political interference.