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Tentative Talks Begin Between Venezuelan Government and Opposition

17 September 2017

The Dominican Republic offers its good services, the country invited both opposition and Nicolas Maduro government 's representative to explore the possibility of resuming talks that should be critically important on resolving the country's political crisis.

"We are very close to resolving numerous points on the agenda", he told reporters in the capital of the Caribbean state.

Medina also thanked the representatives of the government of Venezuela and the opposition, as well as the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, for the support to Venezuela's dialogue.

The opposition announced in turn that it would hold a meeting on Wednesday with the Dominican president.

Rodriguez was accompanied his sister Delcy Rodriguez, who chairs the all-powerful Constituent Assembly, and the veteran Venezuelan diplomat Roy Chaderton.

For its part, the opposition was represented by National Assembly President Julio Borges, leader of the New Era party Manuel Rosales, Vicente Díaz, Luis Florido, Timoteo Zambrano, and Eudoro González, reported TeleSur correspondent Madelein Garcia. Among those conditions are setting a complete electoral calendar including the 2018 presidential election, freeing political prisoners, allowing humanitarian aid and respecting institutions like the opposition-controlled congress.

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Previously, Maduro read a statement signed by the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, in which he expresses the full support of the global entity to the proposal of the Dominican Republic and former head of the Spanish government.

He said the proposal was that each side choose two countries to participate in the talks. However, despite the fact that a roadmap was drawn between the government and the opposition, the Venezuelan right left the negotiating table.

The invitation by Medina and Zapatero "to move towards a process of negotiation and political accord" was welcomed by the governments of France and Spain, among several countries which have been heavily critical of Maduro.

"The only thing we can say is that we listen to the parties, they expressed themselves, gave their views of the situation in Venezuela", he said.

Venezuela's deep economic and political crisis has caused food and medicine shortages, deadly unrest and calls for Maduro to quit.

Tentative Talks Begin Between Venezuelan Government and Opposition