The Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó thanked the National Assembly of the opposition for supporting his negotiation proposal with the government of Nicolás Maduro, which he called the National Salvation Agreement, before the next elections.
In this sense, Guaidó thanked the National Assembly elected in 2015 and the only one that the opposition considered legitimate – after unrecognized elections in December 2020, in which “Chavismo” seized the power of the body – for the “clarity” and demonstration of the union “in”, which supports the proposal of the National Salvation Agreement.
As the opposition leader has stated on his Twitter account, “bringing all factors together in the same direction” is the key to “facing every scenario and reaching a solution in Venezuela”.
Hours earlier, the assembly issued a statement showing its “categorical” support for this dialogue, referred to by Guaidó, “between the regime, democratic forces and the international community,” according to the organ’s statement.
This national salvation agreement would provide for “the convening of a schedule for free and fair elections with international observation and support” and “massive access to humanitarian aid and vaccines against COVID-19,” the letter recalls.
As well as “broad democratic guarantees for all political actors”, mechanisms for “reinstitutionalization, the release of all political prisoners, return of exile and transitional justice”.
In view of this situation, the Assembly has offered to organize “the national democratic forces” as well as the international community “around these goals”.
The opposition leader, who opposes dialogue with the Venezuelan government, has proposed a “road map” that ends with the holding of “free” presidential and parliamentary elections, the main catalyst of which is dialogue with international oversight.
Maduro, although he initially assured that Guaidó is seeking dialogue because he is “isolated and defeated” and initially ruling out a possible negotiation, he later said he was “ready” to meet with the opposition, with the support of the EU , Norway and the contact group.