MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, June 29th 2022 - 21:52 UTC

 

 

Maduro wants to resume talks with Venezuelan opposition under Norwegian mediation

Friday, August 16th 2019 - 07:00 UTC
Full article 1 comment
Minister Arreaza told reporters in Caracas that the government was seeking changes to the talks mechanism before it would return to the negotiating table. Minister Arreaza told reporters in Caracas that the government was seeking changes to the talks mechanism before it would return to the negotiating table.
On Wednesday, opposition leader Juan Guaido revealed that Norwegian officials were in the country in a bid to restart the talks.
On Wednesday, opposition leader Juan Guaido revealed that Norwegian officials were in the country in a bid to restart the talks.

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Thursday the government would meet with Norwegian mediators in an effort to restart talks with the opposition aimed at resolving the country's political crisis.

Arreaza told reporters in Caracas that the government was seeking changes to the talks mechanism before it would return to the negotiating table.

“There will be contact with the envoys and we will surely be able to reestablish the dialogue with a re-thought mechanism,” the foreign minister said.

“We have to have a mechanism that guarantees peace and coexistence,” he added, but gave no details of the changes the government were seeking.

On Wednesday, opposition leader Juan Guaido revealed that Norwegian officials were in the country in a bid to restart the talks.

Negotiations to end the political crisis - sparked when Guaido pronounced himself acting president in January - began in Oslo in May.

President Nicolas Maduro called off the talks a week ago in response to new United States sanctions against his government.

Arreaza insisted that Maduro had merely “implemented a pause” in the talks and that they had not broken down.

“We have not withdrawn from the process of dialogue with the political opposition,” said the minister, a key member of Maduro's negotiating team.

Maduro's administration says the opposition is divided between those who want a peaceful change of government and those who want a foreign military intervention.

Talks began in Oslo in May before being moved to Barbados where several rounds have been held since the start of July.

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!