CARACAS – The Venezuelan opposition will hold talks with representatives of the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Barbados, mediated by Norway, as part of efforts to resolve the ongoing political crisis. Representatives of the parties reported it on Sunday.
Opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized as the legitimate leader of Venezuela by more than 50 countries, said that any negotiations should lead to a lasting settlement of the crisis and that the socialist party cannot use it to buy time.
“The Venezuelan people, our allies and the democratic countries of the world recognize the need for a truly free and transparent electoral process that will enable us to overcome the crisis and build a fruitful future,” the Guaido office said in a statement.
The government of Norway reported that the talks will be held this week.
The Minister of information of Venezuela, Jorge Rodriguez tweeted the statement of the government of Norway. His office did not respond to a request for comment.
In January, Guaido used the article of the Constitution and declared himself President, stating that the re-election of Maduro in 2018 was illegitimate. He does not control state institutions, largely because the Venezuelan military continues to support Maduro.
After by May the situation had reached an impasse, supporters of Guido agreed to hold talks in Oslo.
Many representatives of the opposition do not believe in dialogue, given that previous attempts ended without reaching an agreement. Critics of Maduro generally regard them as a tactic of delaying time.
On Friday, Maduro has maintained a dialogue with the mediation of Norway, and Guaido on the same day said that the right moment for dialogue “with those who take hostages and the violators of human rights and dictatorship” would never come.