Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Petro: Venezuelan government and opposition resume talks

CARACAS ( Associated Press) – Colombian President Gustavo Petro assured in a message on Twitter that the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro and representatives of the opposition, led by Juan Guaido, are preparing to resume talks suspended since October 2019 in Mexico over the weekend are doing. year.

Petro, who supports the initiative to end the political conflict in Venezuela, indicated that talks would resume on November 25 and 26.

Neither the Venezuelan authorities nor Norway, one of the guarantor countries for these talks, have ruled on the matter. Nor is the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador as the host country.

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Petro’s announcement comes nearly two weeks after his meeting in Paris with representatives of both parties. In the framework of a roundtable to address the Venezuelan crisis, promoted by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The roundtable was attended by the head of the Maduro government’s delegation and president of the National Assembly, Jorge Rodríguez, and Gerardo Blyde, a representative of the so-called Unitary Forum, an opposition bloc made up of members who sought to hold talks in 2021 . Government representative in Mexico.

The Maduro government has repeatedly stated that Venezuela’s way is through dialogue, the suspension of all sanctions that heavily impose on his government and respect for the South American country’s constitution.

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The talks – which were to formally start in September 2021 after Mexico signed a memorandum of understanding a month ago – have been suspended since October last year. Then, Maduro ordered his delegation to withdraw from the dialogue in protest. for the extradition of businessman Alex Saab to the United States, who was detained in Cape Verde.

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