Venezuelan government and opposition restart negotiation process in Mexico

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The Government and the Venezuelan opposition will sit down again this Saturday at the dialogue table in Mexico, as confirmed Thursday on its Twitter account by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, which played the role of mediator in these negotiations.

At this new meeting, the parties will sign “a partial agreement on social issues”, according to the announcement, but no further details were provided.

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The United Platform, the group that represents the opposition in Venezuela for this dialogue, issued a statement confirming its participation in the meeting to be held in Mexico and to be mediated by the international community.

“We ratify, on behalf of the Unitary Platform, the will to work together, in order to reach agreements that allow the materialization of the mechanisms that guarantee the well-being of all Venezuelans”, says the opposition statement.

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In turn, the representative of the dialogue table on behalf of the Government of Nicolás Maduro, Jorge Rodriguez shared on his Twitter account the announcement by Norway and also a statement on behalf of the Venezuelan delegation in which he stated that “we agreed to sign in Mexico the Second Partial Agreement for the Protection of the Venezuelan People, which was exhaustively discussed in the city of Caracas, with the facilitation of the Kingdom of Norway”.

The text adds that this agreement “creates a practical mechanism, intended to meet social and vital needs and to solve public service problems, based on the recovery of legitimate resources, property of the Venezuelan State, which are currently blocked in the international financial system. . Also reiterated is the request for the release of Colombian businessman Alex Saab in the United States so that he can join the delegation of the Maduro government as a member.

On Wednesday (23), the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, had also announced the resumption of negotiations in a message on his Twitter account, in which he informed that they would take place on November 25 and 26.

The latest round of negotiations between the government of Venezuela and the opposition began in Mexico in August 2021, after years of tensions, protests and stalled negotiations.

Then the government representative Jorge Rodriguez and the opposition delegate Gerardo Blyde signed a joint declaration in which they committed themselves to starting a negotiation process to put an end to the political impasse in the country.

The document agreed upon at the time listed seven negotiating points agreed upon by both sides, including the holding of free and fair elections and a joint commitment to renounce political violence.

Also among the issues was the lifting of sanctions imposed by the United States on Venezuela since 2017. However, just under two months later, these negotiations were interrupted by a decision by the Government of Venezuela due to the extradition of Alex Saab to the United States.

“Due to this very serious action, our delegation communicates that it is suspending its participation in the negotiation and dialogue table, consequently we will not attend the round that should start tomorrow, October 17, in Mexico City, as a profound expression of our protest against the brutal aggression against the person and the investiture of our delegate Álex Saab Morán”, said the then president of the National Assembly and representative of the official delegation, Jorge Rodríguez, at a press conference.

In turn, in a thread on Twitter, the leader of the opposition, Juan Guaidó, made several statements after learning of the suspension of the government’s participation in the dialogue table. “The solutions that Venezuela needs are urgent and no interest should come before the emergency,” said Guaidó, who also called for a “comprehensive agreement”.

Source: CNN Brasil

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