Venezuela’s opposition mentioned on Sunday a conference mediated by Norway’s Foreign Ministry to attempt to fix the country’s political crisis had finished, six weeks after President Nicolas Maduro’s government rejected participation.
The reports, most of which had taken place on the Caribbean island of Barbados, established after opposition leader Juan Guaido led a failed military revolution in April towards Maduro, who’s accused of human rights violations and has managed an economic collapse that has prompted millions to flee.
Maduro’s representatives walked away from the table in August to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s tightening of sanctions on the OPEC nation. Critics of the dialogue inside Venezuela’s opposition coalition argued that Maduro was negotiating in bad faith and used the talks to buy time.
Guaido’s office mentioned in a statement posted on social media, the dictatorial regime of Nicolas Maduro abandoned the negotiation course of with false excuses. After more than 40 days through which they’ve refused to proceed, Guaido confirms that the Barbados mechanism is finished.
Neither Venezuela’s Information Ministry nor Norway’s Foreign Ministry immediately responded to a request for comment.
Guaido – the head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly – invoked Venezuela’s constitution in January to assume an interim presidency, arguing Maduro’s 2018 re-election was illegitimate. He has been acknowledged as Venezuela’s rightful leader by dozens of countries, including America.
However, Maduro, who calls Guaido a coup-mongering U.S. puppet, has held on to power despite a deepening economic slowdown and rising international isolation. The military has not abandoned him despite repeated calls by the opposition to do so, and he holds the support of Russia and China.
Opposition negotiators had mentioned Maduro’s representatives were unwilling to debate the opposition’s fundamental priority – holding a new election beneath the free and fair situation.
In its Sunday statement, which is referred to as a message to “the people and the armed forces,” Guaido’s office thanked Norway for facilitating the process however didn’t specify the following steps it might take.
The assertion mentioned that they should prepare to start a new phase of this struggle that will require greater commitment, strength, determination, sacrifice, and conviction from everyone.