Sunday, 18 August, 2019

Venezuela's Guaido vows protests as Norway talks produce no deal

Maduro talks during a rally in support of the government in Caracas Venezuela Venezuela claims 130,000% inflation, below international estimates
Patty Aguilar | 03 June, 2019, 13:43

Norway hosted a meeting of Venezuelan government and opposition delegates in mid-May.

Speaking on national television, Maduro said the government had prepared for the Norway talks with months of secret negotiations.

Guaidó declared himself Venezuela's legitimate president this year, and the US and more than 50 other countries recognize him.

"Whoever wants us to renounce the pressure in the street or in worldwide scenarios in order to stop the takeover, becomes an accomplice of the dictatorship", he tweeted. "We want a peace deal".

Norwegian diplomats had said that the two sides would meet this week in Norway in their first face-to-face meeting since Guaido claimed power in January, without specifying a date or venue.

"The parties have demonstrated their willingness to move forward in the search for an agreed-upon and constitutional solution for the country, which includes political, economic and electoral matters", the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement after the talks concluded.

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Oslo urged them to "show their utmost caution in their comments and statements regarding the process".

FILE PHOTO: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro talks during a rally in support of the government in Caracas, Venezuela May 20, 2019.

The US State Department, meanwhile, said "the only thing to negotiate with Nicolas Maduro is the conditions of his departure".

United States officials have opposed the Oslo talks as well, insisting there is nothing to be discussed with President Maduro, and expressing bewilderment that Maduro still believes he is president simply because he was elected as such.

Millions of Venezuelans have fled the country as astronomical inflation and broader economic woes have made food and basic supplies unobtainable for average people.

Guaido told Fox Business Network that Pence has expressed concern for the collapse of public services in Venezuela, which is suffering lack of gasoline, water shortages and rolling blackouts in many parts of the country.

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