Guaido says talks with Venezuela govt to resume in Barbados

CARACAS (AFP) – Dialogue between Venezuela’s opposition and President Nicolas Maduro’s government will resume in Barbados, self-declared Interim President Juan Guaido said last Sunday, after previous negotiations in Norway petered out.

“In response to the mediation of the Kingdom of Norway (the opposition) will attend a meeting with representatives of the usurper regime in Barbados, to establish a negotiation on the end of the dictatorship,” Guaido said in a statement, without giving a date for talks to resume.

Maduro’s government suggested talks would resume this week.

Delegations representing the Venezuelan rivals met face-to-face in Oslo for the first time in late May, in a process begun two weeks earlier under Norwegian auspices to find a solution to the South American country’s economic and political crises.

Oil-rich Venezuela has been ravaged by five years of recession marked by shortages of food, medicine and other basic necessities.

It plunged deeper into political turmoil in January when National Assembly speaker Guaido declared himself Acting President in a direct challenge to Maduro’s authority.

Last Sunday, Guaido also announced that he would push for Caracas to rejoin the Inter-American Defence Treaty, which Venezuela left in 2012.

Venezuela’s opposition leader and self-proclaimed Interim President Juan Guaidó and his wife Fabiana Rosales arrive at the National Assembly to take part in a ceremony marking Independence Day, also know as Fifth of July, in Caracas, Venezuela last Friday. – AP