Venezuela govt and opposition continue talks, says mediator Norway

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The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition are continuing talks in Barbados to try to find ways to resolve the Latin American country’s political crisis, the Foreign Ministry of mediator Norway said on Friday.

Friday’s statement, the first in three weeks, came a day after US President Donald Trump said he was considering a quarantine or blockade of Venezuela and ahead of a summit in Peru on the Venezuelan crisis, which US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will attend.

“Τhe representatives of the main political actors in Venezuela are continuing the negotiations. ... Τhe parties have reiterated their willingness to advance in the search for an agreed-upon and constitutional solution,” Norway’s Foreign Ministry said.

The opposition’s main negotiator, Stalin Gonzalez, thanked the government of Norway in a tweet shortly after the ministry’s statement, ratifying his party’s proposal for a constitutional solution.

Juan Guaido, leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, invoked the constitution in January to assume a rival interim presidency after declaring Maduro’s 2018 re-election a fraud. Maduro calls Guaido a puppet of the United States and blames Venezuela’s severe economic problems on US sanctions
meant to force him from office.

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