Maduro says he is hopeful about Barbados talks with Venezuelan opposition

Cheryl Sanders
July 12, 2019

Maduro on Friday defended the Norway-backed dialogue process, while Guaido the same day said there would never be a good moment to mediate "with kidnappers, human rights violators, and a dictatorship".

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday told the state television that the government delegation started talks with the opposition in Barbados. It comes after two rounds of informal negotiations were held in May - four months after Juan Guaido declared himself the legitimate President and called for USA intervention to oust the current incumbent.

The political deadlock between the two sides reached a critical point in January, after Guaido declared himself "interim president" of Venezuela and was immediately recognized by the United States. "I am confident that if we continue working in accordance with this agenda, and if there is no interference from the U.S., we will be able to reach some agreements for the sake of Venezuela", he said, adding that the meeting on Monday lasted for five hours.

Mr Maduro has reached out to the opposition during the crisis as he insists his government seeks peace in the country.

The minister stressed that it will not be lies nor the policy of microphones, the best resources to guarantee the successful completion of the new stage of talks, preceded by more than 600 calls to the exchange since 2013, which pursue the path of reconciliation and respect for the sovereignty and self-determination of Venezuelans.

Political scientist Jesus Castillo-Molleda told AFP "the opposition can not defeat the government, neither alone nor with the help of the United States government".

Along with the negotiations in Barbados, Guaido had a closed-door meeting on Monday in the capital Caracas with Enrique Iglesias, the European Union's special advisor for Venezuela.

Iglesias later met Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez.

The Catholic Church in Venezuela is on the forefront in trying to assist the impoverished population, but a Venezuelan Cardinal is accusing the government of intimidation and has reiterated his appeal to President Nicolas Maduro to engage in dialogue.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido issued a statement, confirming the opposition's participation in the talks.

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