CARACAS: Venezuela’s government and opposition have agreed to set up a platform for ongoing negotiations to resolve the country’s simmering political crisis after three days of talks in Barbados, mediator nation Norway said Thursday. Representatives of President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido met from Monday to Wednesday in the Caribbean island nation, but have yet to comment on the result. The Barbados talks were an extension of the first round of negotiations in Oslo in May, which ended with no concrete advances. “We announce that the representatives of the main political actors in Venezuela are continuing the negotiations that were initiated in Oslo,“ Norway’s Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide said in a statement. “As part of this process, a negotiation table has been established that will work in a continuous and efficient manner to reach an agreed-upon solution within the framework of the Constitution.” Late Wednesday, Maduro’s chief negotiator, Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez, said there had been “a successful exchange” and thanked Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley for hosting the talks. Crisis-wracked Venezuela has been mired in a political impasse since January when Guaido proclaimed himself acting president, quickly receiving the support of more than 50 countries. The… Read full this story
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