March 4, 2021

The Venezuelan government says that the "successful" dialogue with the opposition in Barbados culminated

The Venezuelan government reported on Wednesday the end of the resumed process of dialogue with the opposition in Barbados, which is sponsored by Norway, and described the approach as "successful" but without offering further details.

"This day of the permanent dialogue table for peace ends in Barbados, a space for settling disputes through constitutional and peaceful means," said Communication Minister Jorge Rodríguez on his Twitter account.

The Chavista leader added in the same social network that it was a "successful exchange", and thanked the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, "for her hospitality."

So far no other leader has offered details about these talks that the Executive of Nicolás Maduro and the head of Parliament, Juan Guaidó, faced this week with discretion.

Chavez leader Diosdado Cabello said earlier in his weekly television program that no calls for a new presidential election will come out of these negotiations, as the opposition demands, since Maduro assumed his second six-year term just last January.

Guaidó, recognized as interim president of Venezuela by more than 50 countries, said yesterday that there are conditions to "manage to build a way out of the crisis", following a private meeting he held with the European Union (EU) mediator, Enrique Churches

On the dialogue in Barbados, Guaidó asked "not make the mistake of seeing only one mechanism, as a solution" and therefore insisted on maintaining internal and foreign pressure against the ruling party.

He insisted that the opposition's agenda "in any type of mediation or facilitation, as in the case of the International Contact Group" is the cessation of presidential usurpation, establishing a transitional government and calling for "free" elections with international observation .

Venezuela has been running a high political tension since last January, when Maduro swore another 6-year term that the opposition and part of the international community do not recognize because the main opposition leaders were prevented from participating in those elections.

In response, Guaidó was proclaimed interim president alleging some articles of the Venezuelan constitution.

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