First modification: 08/12/2021 – 04:47
Mexico and Norway announced that the parties have entered the final stretch for the dialogue between the Venezuelan opposition and the Government of Nicolás Maduro, scheduled to begin this Friday. The opposition tries to guarantee its participation in a process of “free and transparent” elections while Maduro calls as a central axis for the lifting of sanctions and seeks international legitimacy.
The final stretch prior to the head-to-head. Sectors of the Venezuelan opposition are getting ready for a new dialogue in Mexico with the Government of Nicolás Maduro and with the mediation of Norway.
So far, the Venezuelan opposition has confirmed the participation of the opposition Henrique Capriles, who is part of the Primero Justicia party, PJ, as well as Tomás Guanipa, the organization’s secretary general and with whom Capriles has had differences. The Venezuelan opponent and former deputy Stalin González, designated as one of the representatives for the negotiation, is also summoned.
Capriles, who has already participated in previous dialogues, assured that this new meeting includes the different sectors and “that it generates results” so that “it is not yet another failure.” “I believe that the process should never be a ‘show’ for television or for the media,” he added.
The Venezuelan opposition will arrive in Mexico seeking “conditions” to participate in an election process next November, as well as the freedom of political prisoners and humanitarian aid for the country, submerged in a deep economic crisis, aggravated by the coronavirus. “It is very important that economic and social (issues) are discussed to alleviate the crisis experienced by the vast majority of the people,” said Capriles.
For its part, the Government of Nicolás Maduro seeks to unblock the economic sanctions imposed by the United States against him, the international recognition of his Government and “that all oppositions be incorporated.”
“Seeking solutions to the crisis that our country is experiencing is a necessity that is above all else. The best way is to work on all constitutional mechanisms. We are going to Mexico to fight for spaces of democracy, so that Venezuelans can choose our destiny” Former MP Stalin González wrote on Twitter.
González assured that the November 21 elections, where mayors, state governors and local and regional deputies will be elected, are an “opportunity” for a substantive change in Venezuela. “Our country requires that we work in a coordinated and good way, with respect and assuming everything in a responsible manner. Let us avoid the policy of ‘done things’ or overlapping strategies, for the good of this process,” he added.
Today @FirstJustice announced through @hcapriles who has appointed me as a representative before the negotiation that will begin on Friday in Mexico between the factors of democratic unity and the Maduro regime
– Tomás Guanipa (@TomasGuanipa) August 11, 2021
For his part, Tomás Guanipa, another of the opposition delegates, assured that he will make “all the necessary effort to make this process useful for the freedom of Venezuelans” and resigned from the position of “ambassador” of Juan Guaidó – self-proclaimed president. interim of Venezuela in 2019- in Colombia.
“Today we take on new challenges, ranging from negotiation to achieve a solution to the crisis that Venezuela is experiencing today, as well as promoting the fight for the right of Venezuelans to choose,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
The Venezuelan government will send the president of the National Assembly, Jorge Rodríguez, and the governor of the state of Miranda, Héctor Rodríguez.
“That dialogue already has a document”: Maduro
“I confirm that the Norwegian Foreign Ministry has informed us that the parties that will participate in the dialogue on Venezuela have entered the final phase of their exploratory talks in order to start negotiations in our country,” said the head of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. in a message on Twitter.
“Norway confirms that the Government of Venezuela and the Venezuelan Unitary Platform are in the final phase of exploratory talks, with the aim of starting negotiations in Mexico facilitated by Norway,” replied the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Relations.
I confirm that the Norwegian Foreign Ministry has informed us that the parties that will participate in the dialogue on Venezuela have entered the final phase of their exploratory talks in order to begin negotiations in our country.
– Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) August 11, 2021
Last Thursday, the same president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, confirmed the participation of the Aztec country as the venue for the meeting, in a surprising turn after years of disinterest in foreign policy. Last month he also showed his interest together with the Government of Argentina in participating in a diplomatic solution to the political crisis in Nicaragua.
“The Government of Mexico has always promoted dialogue among Venezuelans themselves as the only solution to the situation in Venezuela, without interference and privileging the humanitarian vision,” said Maximiliano Reyes, undersecretary of Foreign Relations for Latin America.
“That dialogue already has a document,” said Nicolás Maduro. “There are seven points on the agenda that are being discussed and in the next few days the date and place of the meeting will be announced,” added the president.
Maduro had warned before that he would require the lifting of the international sanctions imposed on his government to sit down to negotiate with the opposition. “At the time of Trump we had a lot of communication with the White House, with Elliott Abrams, with the State Department,” Maduro recalled, but clarified that “today we do not have any communication with the United States Government.”
The last dialogue efforts between the parties took place in the Dominican Republic in 2018 and were repeated in Barbados the following year in 2019 but did not reach any agreement. This new dialogue almost saw its end a few weeks ago with the arrest of Freddy Guevara, leader of the Popular Will party and close to Guaidó. The 35-year-old leader is accused by Maduro of maintaining ties with “extremist and paramilitary groups associated with the Colombian government.”
The Venezuelan opposition has its political representation at stake, after having refused to participate in the last elections for considering them fraudulent.