Venezuelan Government Agrees to Start Talks With Opposition

Venezuela – Meeting between Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, Minister of Foreign Affairs – Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian (Paris, 12 September 2017)
Venezuela leaders and opposition explore possibility of new talks
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13 September, 2017

I reiterated to my counterpart that France, in collaboration with the European Union and the Latin American countries, remained vigilant, but was ready to support this dialogue - the only way to resolve the crisis, the main victims of which are the Venezuelan people.

Venezuela was convulsed for months by demonstrations both against and in support of President Maduro.

"It has been chose to send a delegation to meet with President Medina to present the objectives of the national democratic struggle", the opposition coalition Democratic Unity Roundtable said in a statement.

It follows intervention by the Dominican Republic and former Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero.

"On September 20, there will be a meeting in Vienna of (oil) ministers, the conditions are favorable for the consolidation of this agreement regarding production and regulation of the market", Maduro said in a televised speech.

For now, the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable says no new dialogue has initiated.

A dialogue process brokered by Zapatero and backed by the Vatican in 2016 did little to advance opposition demands, which include release of political prisoners and respect for the opposition-run congress.

Earlier on Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement that he had met with his Venezuelan counterpart Jorge Arreaza and learned from him that the dialogue would resume on Wednesday.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday expressed his full support for a new initiative to negotiate a political solution to the situation in Venezuela. "I reminded him of the risk of European sanctions and the need to rapidly see evidence from Venezuela that it is ready to relaunch negotiations with the opposition and engage in a honest and credible process".


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