Voice of America‘s (VOA) Spanish portal is reporting that Norwegian diplomats are continuing to work on facilitating a dialogue between the Maduro regime and Venezuela’s opposition forces, despite Maduro’s abrupt withdrawal from the talks earlier this week.
According to VOA, a Norwegian diplomat named Dag Nylander responded when reached for comment on the talks that Norway is continuing to work to arrange “the next meetings” between the two sides, and that it still believes that there is a negotiated solution to the Venezuelan crisis.
The talks, which began in Oslo in late May, came to an end earlier this week when the Maduro government announced that it would no longer be taking part in the process given the opposition’s support for U.S. sanctions.
Opposition Faction Calls for More US Action Against Regime
A faction of the Venezuelan opposition headed by Vente Venezuela leader Maria Corina Machado is calling for tougher action from the US against the Maduro regime, doubling down on rhetoric that has separated the group from the mainstream.
The call came in an open letter signed by Machado, former Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma, and former diplomat Diego Arria. In the letter, the trip call on Juan Guaido and US president Donald Trump to apply the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle to the country, and therefore set the stage for a foreign military intervention. The letter says that the option is the only one left, since the talks between the two sides appear to have failed.
Machado and her acolytes have gained notoriety in recent years for the hard-line against the Maduro regime, and often appear in the media overtly calling for military intervention.
Just yesterday, former Miranda state governor and presidential candidate Henrique Capriles created a controversy when he called Machado “crazy” for insisting on the issue.
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