Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the start of negotiations with the Venezuelan opposition, including its leader, the head of the local nation assembly Juan Guaido. This politician said, speaking at a press conference, the video which was broadcast on his official Twitter
The parties for the meeting arrived in Barbados, TV channel NTN24. The day before, the head of state said, the first session of negotiations was held there. Maduro himself did not participate in it but received from the head of the delegation of the Venezuelan government a “very favorable” report on this dialogue. The meeting lasted about five hours.
The Venezuelan leader did not disclose its details, noting only that he is now “very optimistic” about the possible results of the negotiations. “Step by step” this dialogue, according to the head of the Bolivarian Republic, opens for Venezuela “the path of peace, non-violence and constructive dialogue.”
Representatives of the current authorities of the country, Maduro continued, arrived in Barbados “with an agenda of six items that address all [problematic] issues of Venezuela.” As a result of their consideration, the President expressed hope that the parties will be able to reach “partial agreements for the benefit of Venezuela.”
Guaido at the same time, reminiscent of the TV channel Univision, before the negotiations claimed that their main goal, in his opinion, is another attempt to put an end to “the usurpation” in Venezuela and to hold new elections, in which Maduro will not participate. Activists, the channel notes, do not consider these negotiations fruitful.
The situation in the Bolivarian Republic deteriorated in January following the inauguration of Maduro. Last year, he won the presidential election, but the local opposition and a number of Western countries did not recognize the results of this vote. They explained their position by the fact that several politicians were not allowed to the campaign. After that, Guaido at a mass meeting of the opposition declared himself acting President of the country. In this capacity, he was then supported by the United States, Canada, EU countries and the Latin American States. Russia and Turkey, in turn, supported the government of Maduro. Faithful to him also remained soldiers and representatives of the Ministry of Defense.