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Costa Rica President Slams Maduro Crackdown

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FILE - President Luis Guillermo Solís of Costa Rica in an interview with VOA's Latin America division.
The president of Costa Rica reaffirmed his rejection of the crackdown against the opposition in Venezuela and urged that human rights be respected throughout the region.

"The problems of democracy can only be solved with more democracy as Thomas Jefferson said,” Luis Guillermo Solís said in an interview with VOA. “Affirmation of human rights regimes should be maintained and deepened throughout the hemisphere."

Venezuela's attorney general ordered the arrests Wednesday of three government opponents, including a former presidential candidate and a former state oil company executive. The men are wanted in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro.

The Costa Rican president also emphasized the need to strengthen trade ties between his country and the U.S. through the free trade agreement between the two nations.

"The free trade agreement exists and should become a major opportunity for our exporters, our trade and the public in general," he said.

Solis said that in his opinion the greatest challenges in Central America are poverty, inequality and lack of security.

Solis has agreed to advance the discussion on marijuana legalization.

Entire VOA interview with Luis Guillermo Solís in Spanish.