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The Venezuelan opposition emphasizes that the format of Oslo and Barbados is aacute; “Exhausted”

September 13, 2019


The second vice president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Stalin González, stressed Friday that the Oslo and Barbados format is “exhausted” after the decision of the Government of Nicolás Maduro to get up from the negotiating table, although he has insisted that The opposition is “ready” to reach an agreement to resolve the crisis.

“Today that mechanism is not active (…), the format that was used with Barbados has already been exhausted. Back to that format we do not see it viable, because everything that had to be discussed was discussed,” said the ' number two 'of the self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaidó, in an interview with Unión Radio.

González has reproached the Government that “during these five weeks it has entered into contradictions.” “First he said that it was because of the sanctions (of the United States), then that he was in a process of reflection, that they wanted to make some changes in the guidelines, then they invented that of the Essequibo, which shows that there is no real will to seek a solution to the crisis, “he said.

Despite this, he assured that “when the regime is ready to reach an agreement, we will be ready”, although at the same time it has insisted that negotiations between the Government and the opposition are only “a mechanism, not a magic wand” , of the many that the Guaidó team explores, including international sanctions.

Gonzalez's words arrive a day after Reuters revealed that representatives of the Government and the opposition have been meeting for weeks under the umbrella of the Boston Group, created a decade ago by Venezuelan and US parliamentarians, to agree on a way out of the economic crisis. According to sources, these contacts have the 'placet' of Maduro and Guaidó.

Hours later the 'Chavista' leader Héctor Rodríguez, who came to sound in Oslo and Barbados as a potential successor to Maduro, said in an interview granted to Sputnik during his visit to Moscow that the Government maintains a permanent dialogue with “other Venezuelan oppositions” on The economic situation of Venezuela.

According to the British media, the differences persist. The Miraflores Palace demands the withdrawal of international sanctions, while the opposition raises Maduro's exit as an indispensable requirement for any solution to succeed.

Rodriguez claimed on Thursday a “change of attitude” in the opposition regarding the sanctions, which “harm the entire Venezuelan people.” González, on the other hand, said on Friday that “there is no way to resolve the economic issue in this country if there is no political change.”

Government and opposition have staged up to four failed attempts at dialogue in the six years that have elapsed since the death of Hugo Chavez, trigger of the political crisis. Maduro's detractors are reluctant to return to the negotiating table because they believe that the Venezuelan president uses these contacts to gain time and perpetuate himself in office.