MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – The Venezuelan government and opposition delegation are preparing to resume talks in Mexico in mid-November to discuss a possible humanitarian agreement and conditions for upcoming presidential elections.
More than a year after the suspension of the talks, representatives of Nicolas Maduro’s government and the opposition are preparing to resume them in the coming days in Mexico City, three people close to the talks told The Associated Press who asked that they were not identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the subject.
As an alternative date, resuming the process next week under a Norwegian facility is being considered, but everything will depend on the Venezuelan government delegation which will confirm its presence in the coming days.
A possible humanitarian agreement to address the social crisis in Venezuela will be brought into a new round of negotiations; the extension of the operating license of the American oil company Chevron in the Venezuelan territory; and the definition of terms for the presidential elections scheduled for 2024 but could be brought forward.
A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the humanitarian settlement, which would include some $3,000 million in a fund administered by the United Nations, would be a central issue in the talks, as they were not authorized to testify.
For many years, Venezuela has been immersed in a complex political, economic and social crisis that has affected most of the poorer regions, which represent about 95% of the population of about 28 million inhabitants, and has led to mass migration of more encouraged. 7 million people.
Last May, the US Treasury Department renewed Chevron’s license to continue operating in Venezuela. Washington has shown itself willing to ease sanctions and extend oil company licenses, but it has made the authorization conditional on Venezuela’s government holding talks with the opposition. Three years ago, the United States imposed sanctions on the Maduro government after questioning the 2018 elections in which he was re-elected to a six-year term.
Between August and September last year, representatives of the government and the opposition participated in a negotiation process that ended in nothing. On that occasion, Maduro’s team suspended talks in protest of the extradition from Cape Verde to the United States of Colombian businessman Alex Saab, who is accused of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars from allegedly corrupt deals with the Maduro government.
The Joe Biden administration is interested in resuming talks in government and opposition to try to find a way out of Venezuela’s crisis, which has dragged on for years and sparked mass migration in a region that has already has already affected the United States. Faced with a growing influx of Venezuelan migrants, Washington last month restricted asylum and implemented a plan for 24,000 humanitarian visas.