The Maduro regime attacked the restart of negotiations in Mexico and assured that “it will not allow impositions”

The regime of Nicolás Maduro and representatives of the Venezuelan opposition, led by Juan Guaidothe dialogues suspended since October last year will resume in Mexico over the weekend.

Hours after the announcement previously made by Norwegian diplomats, Maduro stressed that in the Mexican capital, the venue for the talks, The parties will sign a partial agreement on social matters and insisted on his questioning of the economic sanctions of the United States.

This agreement, as indicated, is aimed at addressing the social needs and public service problems through the recovery of assets of the Venezuelan State that are in the international financial system.

“Later we will see that other issues can be discussed with this sector of the opposition,” he asserted.

“The world must be clear on that, we are negotiating with a sector that sought the Venezuelan military intervention” and “that responds to the guidelines” of Washington, indicated the Venezuelan dictator, noting that “no one is going to impose anything on us, neither now nor ever”.

The head of the regime’s delegation and president of the Chavista National Assembly, Jorge RodriguezHe stated that it is “a good agreement”.

The funds will go to reinforce the health system, recover the electrical infrastructure and schools and in the care of those affected by the torrential rains that have hit the South American country in recent months, it was reported.

The dialogues are expected to focus on a program of humanitarian aid for Venezuela as well as the conditions for presidential elections planned for 2024.

The resumption of dialogue It will take place two weeks after the delegates of the Madurista dictatorship and the opposition met in Paris for a round table to address the Venezuelan crisis.

This round table was attended by Jorge Rodríguez and Gerardo Blyde, representative of the so-called Unitary Platform, an opposition bloc made up of members of the group that in 2021 tried to dialogue with representatives of the Maduro dictatorship in Mexico.

The resumption of the dialogue will take place two weeks after the government and opposition delegates met in Paris for a round table to address the Venezuelan crisis. (Reuters)

Through dialogue, Maduro seeks to get all sanctions against his administration and senior officials, including himself, suspended.

The opposition, for its part, said in a statement that it comes to the dialogue “with the urgency and the will to find, once and for all, tangible and real agreements that translate into solutions for the humanitarian crisis”; in particular “the construction of conditions and institutions that guarantee, among other things, free and observable elections”.

The talks – which formally began in September 2021 in Mexico after the signing of a memorandum of understanding a month earlier – have been suspended since October last year when Maduro ordered his delegation to withdraw in protest against the extradition to the United States of the businessman Alex Saab.

The funds will be used to strengthen the health system, recover the electrical infrastructure and schools, and care for those affected by the torrential rains that have hit the South American country in recent months, it was reported. (EUROPE PRESS)

Saab – of Colombian origin and whom the Maduro government appointed as its diplomatic representative and at the last moment included him as a delegate in the talks – was detained in Cape Verde in June 2020 after making a stopover in that country on his way to Iran to fulfill a supposed humanitarian mission “that gave him immunity,” according to the Venezuelan authorities.

Maduro added, without giving details, that Saab’s wife will be part of the group while her reinstatement is resolved. Saab is accused in the United States of having laundering hundreds of millions of dollars from corrupt deals with Maduro.

Maduro added, without giving details, that Saab's wife will be part of the group while her reinstatement is resolved. Saab is accused in the United States of having laundered hundreds of millions of dollars from corrupt deals with Maduro. (Reuters)
Maduro added, without giving details, that Saab’s wife will be part of the group while her reinstatement is resolved. Saab is accused in the United States of having laundered hundreds of millions of dollars from corrupt deals with Maduro. (Reuters)

The initiative, in which Norway participates as a promoter as in the failed attempt in 2019, is seen by many in the international community as a reason for hope to move towards a peaceful and negotiated exit of the political, social and economic crisis in Venezuela.

The United States, among dozens of other countries, recognized Guaidó as interim president after he proclaimed himself as such when he served as head of the National Assembly (2016-2021), arguing that Maduro was re-elected in 2018 in fraudulent elections.

(With information from The Associated Press)

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