Venezuela: imminent resumption of discussions between the government and the opposition
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
The Venezuelan government and opposition are set to resume political talks that have stalled for more than a decade in Mexico this weekend. x27; one year, we learned on Wednesday from five sources familiar with the matter.
The only official confirmation at this stage is that Colombian President Gustavo Petro has said talks will resume on November 25-26. Representatives of the two parties met on November 11 on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum under the auspices of French Presidents Emmanuel Macron, Argentinian Alberto Fernandez and Colombian Gustavo Petro.
The United States is preparing to authorize the Chevron oil group to expand its activities in the Latin American country if these discussions take place, added three of the five sources contacted by Reuters.
Negotiations between delegations from the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition led by Juan Guaido were abandoned in October 2021, due to a lack of progress on the means to resolve the political crisis in Venezuela, which has led more seven million people to leave the country in the last 10 years.
President Maduro has repeatedly cited the lifting of US sanctions against Venezuela as a prerequisite for the resumption of discussions.
Juan Guaido and François-Philippe Champagne when the latter was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada.
< p class="e-p">The next weekend's discussions, again hosted by Norway, will address the issue of the presidential election, the status of several hundred political prisoners and the American sanctions against Caracas, the same sources said.
The possibility of granting a humanitarian aid fund of more than three billion dollars, administered by the United States, will also be on the table for discussion.
The Venezuelan and Mexican foreign ministries have not followed up in the immediate to d requests for comments.