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The US argues that any “serious negotiation” has to be between the regime of Maduro and Guaid & oacute;

September 18, 2019


The United States has come out in defense of the president in charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, whom he considers to be the legitimate president of the country and has argued that any dialogue process to resolve the crisis must be carried out by him and the regime of Nicolás Maduro.

“The United States continues to support Juan Guaidó (…) the legitimate interim president of Venezuela,” said State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus, stressing that “any serious negotiation must be between the old (Maduro) regime and the interim president Guaidó “.

Washington says this after the announcement on Monday by the Venezuelan Government of the establishment of a national dialogue table with four minority opposition parties – Progressive Advance, Change, Solutions for Venezuela and Movement to Socialism (MAS) -, a those that the majority opposition agglutinated around Guaidó have accused of playing Maduro.

According to the US spokeswoman, the suspension of the Norwegian-sponsored talks between the Government and the opposition “reflects the rejection of the regime to negotiate in good faith” and shows that she sees in the dialogue “a dilatory tactic.”

“Now he has announced a plan that seeks to sabotage the National Assembly, the last democratic institution left in Venezuela,” Ortagus said, referring to the agreement between the Government and the said opposition parties that foresees the return of the Chavez deputies to Parliament.

“Maduro and his friends have attracted a small marginal group of politicians to participate in 'so-called conversations' and have presented them as if they were speaking for the democratic opposition,” the spokeswoman said.

On the other hand, he has reiterated that “the sanctions will not be lifted until Maduro is gone” and has accused the Venezuelan Government of having continued “torturing and killing opponents, including Navy officer Rafael Acosta Arévalo” while Oslo talks were going on.