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Guaidó insists Oslo peace talks are not a negotiation: Maduro must go “if not we will remain in the streets”

Monday, May 27th 2019 - 06:04 UTC
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“This is not negotiation. This is not dialogue,” Guaidó said at a rally. “We are simply responding to an offer from the Norwegian government to mediate” “This is not negotiation. This is not dialogue,” Guaidó said at a rally. “We are simply responding to an offer from the Norwegian government to mediate”

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Sunday played down the prospects for success at a new round of mediation with the government to be hosted by Norway next week, saying protests would continue until President Nicolas Maduro resigned.

Norway said on Saturday that representatives of Venezuela's government and opposition will return to Oslo next week following an initial round of preliminary talks about how to address a long-running political crisis.

Norway has a tradition of conflict mediation, including assistance with Colombia's 2016 peace deal between the government and leftist FARC rebels.

“This is not negotiation. This is not dialogue,” Guaido told reporters after a rally in the western Venezuelan city of Barquisimeto, adding that his team was simply responding to an offer from the Norwegian government to mediate.

Guaido reiterated that any solution to Venezuela's crisis required Maduro to stand down, allowing a transitional government to steer the OPEC nation to fresh presidential elections.

”If we have an end to the usurpation (by Maduro), a transition government and free elections, it will have worked. If not ... we will remain in the streets,” said Guaido, the head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly.

Venezuela has been plunged into political turmoil since Guaido invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency in January, dismissing Maduro's 2018 re-election as a fraud.

Maduro, who maintains control over state institutions, calls Guaido a puppet of Washington and blames US sanctions for a hyperinflationary economic meltdown and humanitarian crisis.

Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party has endorsed the Norwegian mediation, but opposition sympathizers remain skeptical. They argue that Maduro has previously used dialogue as a stalling tactic to maintain his grip on power while living standards steadily declined in the oil-rich nation.

Last week, opposition lawmaker Stalin Gonzalez and two advisors represented Guaido's side in Oslo, while Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez and Miranda state governor Hector Rodriguez went on behalf of the government.

Each side met separately with Norwegian mediators, but there was no face-to-face meeting between government and opposition representatives, Gonzalez told local media.

Guaido said that Norway would define the methodology for next week's meeting, without specifying if the two sides would meet directly

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  • The Barron

    Remain in the streets? What's he going to do - astroturf the whole country? This man has lost all contact with reality!

    May 27th, 2019 - 11:41 am 0
  • :o))

    Nicolas Maduro must be trembling with fear!

    May 28th, 2019 - 09:50 am 0
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