PANAMA CITY.- Nicolas Maduro's trip to Rome to see Pope Francis has nothing to do with the dialogue. Such a statement was issued by Guillermo Cochez, former ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), who believes that "it is possible that Panama has made arrangements with the Vatican to receive the Venezuelan president".
But the lawyer goes further, as a good connoisseur of the way things are handled within the regional body, dares to assume that the Panamanian representation in the OAS did not sign the support done by several countries a few days ago "because they are keeping on the table a possible settlement by bringing Nicolas to Panama".
When contacted to go deeper in the comments he wrote through his Twitter account on the subject, Cochez reiterated that he sees no problem in granting Maduro a political asylum, "if that will help governance in Venezuela... So many deaths would be avoided", he says.
The diplomat, staunch opponent of the military dictatorship in Panama, recalled that the country could've saved many lives if it had been allowed that the general Manuel Antonio Noriega would take refuge in Spain.
In a comparative exercise between the former "strongman of Panama" and the successor to Chavez, Cochez says: "Why does Maduro feel tied, feels imprisoned in his environment, like Noriega felt imprisoned by his environment? If Maduro goes into exile, he would leave many people in the air: military, people like Tarek El Aissami, Diosdado Cabello, and he feels a prisoner of these people", he says and recalls the sad end which had the Panamanian General on December 20th, 1989. With that idea on the table, Willy Cochez concludes by reflecting on what is at stake in Venezuela in these complicated hours.