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Maduro thanks Norway for its efforts to build a dialogue with the opposition

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President Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution are grateful to Norway and their support for dialogue for peace and sovereignty, foreign Minister Arreaza tweeted President Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution are grateful to Norway and their support for dialogue for peace and sovereignty, foreign Minister Arreaza tweeted

The government of President Nicolas Maduro on Friday thanked Norway for its mediation efforts to build a “dialogue” with the Venezuelan opposition after both sides sent delegations to Oslo.

“President Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution express their gratitude to Norway and their support for dialogue for peace and sovereignty,” Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted.

It was the first official confirmation from Caracas of its involvement in what Norway referred to as exploratory discussions in Oslo.

The mediation bid comes after a months-long power struggle between National Assembly leader Juan Guaido and the populist president, with sometimes deadly street clashes.

Maduro on Thursday made no direct reference to the meetings, but said Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez was “on a very important mission for peace in the country ... in Europe”.

So far details of the exact process underway in Oslo have been scant, but US-backed opposition leader Guaido - recognized as interim president by dozens of countries - denied on Thursday that any direct negotiations had taken place.

Norway's foreign ministry said in a statement it had had “preliminary contacts with representatives of the main political actors of Venezuela.”

These were “part of an exploratory phase, with the aim of contributing to finding a solution to the situation in the country.”

Rodriguez and Miranda state governor Hector Rodriguez represented the regime in the discussions, according to media reports.

The opposition said it was being represented by National Assembly vice president Stalin Gonzalez and former lawmaker Gerardo Blyde.

 

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  • Enrique Massot

    Good for Norway for an initiative to get the different Venezuelan parties to talk.

    May 19th, 2019 - 01:31 pm 0
  • :o))

    @Enrique Massot

    REF: “to get the different Venezuelan parties to talk”:

    Signs - early signs - of Russia+China+Cuba switching sides?

    May 19th, 2019 - 03:44 pm 0
  • Tommie

    Talks wont do any good.

    May 19th, 2019 - 04:47 pm 0
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