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Maduro argues that the dialogue agreement is “a successful and necessary step” that “opens all doors”

September 17, 2019


The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has defended on Tuesday that the dialogue agreement he has signed with a group of minority opposition parties is “a successful and necessary step” that “opens all doors” to broader talks in favor of the stability of the country.

“The signing of the first peace, understanding and coexistence agreement between the Venezuelan opposition and the Government that I preside over is a successful and necessary step that opens all doors to dialogue, depending on the political stability and social happiness of the Venezuelan people,” He has written on Twitter.

Until now, Maduro has only reacted through the social network. On Monday, after signing the agreement, he already celebrated it as “a step towards moving towards coexistence and peace”. “All the doors of dialogue will remain open for the tranquility of all Venezuelans,” he said.

The Minister of Information, Jorge Rodríguez, explained in announcing the agreement that this dialogue is “an open door to form a national table to resolve disputes”, pointing in this way to the possibility that in the future other factions can be added opponents. “The political forces that wish may be added,” he said.

However, the self-proclaimed “president in charge” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, has rejected this new dialogue because he considers that it is a new political “maneuver” by Maduro not to mention the “concrete solution” proposed by the majority opposition in the Oslo and Barbados process.

“Putting hot water cloths on today … would be not only irresponsible, but sadistic and directly a crime against humanity,” he said, referring to the allegations in the recent report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights , Michelle Bachelet, about the situation in Venezuela.

The Government and Advanced Progressive (AP), Movement To Socialism (MAS), Solutions for Venezuela (SPV) and Cambiemos announced on Monday an agreement to resume the dialogue in Venezuela that already includes concrete pacts for the 'Chavista' deputies to return to Parliament and to renew the National Electoral Council (CNE) with a view to new elections.

These are small parties that became part of the opposition coalition of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) and broke up with it due to internal disagreements. The Advanced Progressive of Henri Falcón, former 'Chavista' who left Maduro and returned as an independent candidate in the 2018 elections, not recognized by the MUD or by much of the international community, stands out.

At the same time that this agreement was known, Guaidó announced in a press conference that in the Oslo and Barbados process – the last attempt at dialogue – he offered Maduro a transitional government in which neither was present to guide the country to a “real” presidential election with a new CNE.

Guaidó reiterated that the format of Oslo and Barbados is “exhausted”, but clarified that the proposal launched then remains “on the table” and urged “all sectors” of the country to “push” for the Government to yield. Thus, he called for “maximum pressure” both inside and outside Venezuela and pointed to the TIAR, the regional agreement with a collective defense clause.