Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday sat down with the opposition for a first round of talks in an attempt to end two months of deadly protests, while he insisted that no negotiations or pacts would be made. The landmark meeting, which involved about 20 representatives from both sides, was monitored by diplomats from the Vatican and the foreign ministers of Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. It was broadcast on national television and radio, AFP reports.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sat down for talks with arch-rival Henrique Capriles on Thursday in a first meeting with opposition leaders to end two months of deadly street protests.Just one year after succeeding his late mentor, iconic leftist leader Hugo Chavez, Maduro agreed to an unprecedented face-to-face meeting with the opposition, after the UNASUR group of South American nations offered to mediate.The meeting, which involved about 20 representatives from both sides, was monitored by diplomats from the Vatican and the foreign ministers of Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. It was broadcast on national television and radio.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his government will hold talks with the country’s main opposition group: the Democratic Unity. Vatican representatives will act as mediators in the talks that are aimed at ending political unrest in Venezuela.
President Nicolas Maduro and Venezuela's opposition leaders are to meet Thursday for talks aimed at ending two months of deadly anti-government protests. The agreed to dialogue would be unprecedented under Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Chavez last year following the long-standing leader's death from cancer.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition coalition representatives agreed Tuesday to hold talks on ending two months of anti-government protests that have left 39 people dead in their oil-rich nation.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced his agreement to meet for talks with leaders of the country’s opposition as the anti-government rallies continue raging in the country for about two months. His decision came after a meeting on Monday with a commission of the foreign ministers of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) member states, Itar-Tass reports.
The United Nations office in Venezuela expressed deep concern Saturday over the "high human cost" of anti-government protests which have left 39 people dead during two months of unrest. Since early February students backed by the opposition have staged near-daily protests against President Nicolas Maduro over soaring crime, high inflation and shortages of essential goods in the country. Hundreds of people have been detained or injured in clashes with security forces.
Human rights organization Amnesty International slammed Tuesday the political violence in Venezuela, where 39 people have died in anti-government protests since mid-February. To avoid “civil war”, the country’s Foreign Minister Elias Jaua has called for dialogue with the opposition. Clashes erupted once again in the Venezuelan capital on Monday night, as hooded activists erected barricades on the streets of Caracas, causing massive disruption. Protesters smashed shop windows and set fire to cars before the riot police arrived and dispersed them using tear gas and water cannons.
The number of people killed in a month-and-a-half of protests in Venezuela has increased to 37, authorities said Friday.
Venezuela has arrested three air force generals suspected of plotting an uprising against the leftist government, President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday. Maduro said, adding that the three generals, who were not identified, had been in contact with the opposition and "were trying to rise up against the legitimately constituted government."
Venezuela's president said on Friday that street protests for the past month have caused at least $10 billion in damage, accusing hardline foes of carrying out terrorist acts to sabotage public assets. President Nicolas Maduro did not say how the government arrived at that figure from the clashes between demonstrators barricading roads, pro-government radicals and security forces that have killed at least 31 people.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday criticised US and EU sanctions against his ally Russia for absorbing Crimea.
Students and opponents of the Venezuelan government have called a new rally for Wednesday to mark a month of protests in Caracas, as the death toll from demo-related violence reached 21.
Latin American presidents will meet next week to discuss the unrest in Venezuelathat has left at least 20 dead and convulsed the South American OPEC nation, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said late on Thursday.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday he was breaking diplomatic and commercial relations with the Panamanian government due to a "conspiracy" against him.
Venezuela's foreign minister will meet Tuesday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Geneva to discuss three weeks of deadly protests that have rattled the oil-rich country.
At least 41 people, including foreign reporters, were arrested in Caracas late Friday as security forces battled protesters angry at the policies of Venezuela's leftist government. Meanwhile President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has suggested that the protesting students and the opposition should hold a meeting to resolve the situation in the country.
Supporters and opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro took to the streets Friday to call for peace as the government celebrated the uprising that led to the socialist revolution of the late Hugo Chávez.
The capital of Venezuela Caracas is recovering after the sporadic clashes last night, when tear gas fired in the neighborhood of Altamira Sur, the center of demonstrations.