Chavismo and the opposition, face to face in Mexico: a tense round of negotiations begins

Chavismo and the opposition, face to face in Mexico: a tense round of negotiations begins

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Chavismo and the opposition, face to face in Mexico: a tense round of negotiations begins

The appointment was at 4:30 p.m., Mexico time, at the National Museum of Anthropology in the Aztec capital, under the auspices of Norway.

The representatives of the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó and the Chavista regime of Nicolás Maduro arrived this Friday in Mexico City to begin their first round of negotiations in the midst of a tense atmosphere due to the deep political, economic and humanitarian crisis that surrounds Venezuela.

This first meeting, which will last for seven or ten days, seeks the signing of a document that establishes the topics of the negotiation agenda and the methodology to be followed.

Representing Guaidó and the unitary platform are the head of the delegation Gerardo Blyde, accompanied by political leaders Carlos Vecchio for the Popular Will party, Tomás Guanipa for Primero Justicia, Luis Aquiles Moreno for Democratic Action, Mariela Magallanes for minority parties such as Cause R, Roberto Enríquez for Copei, Luis Emilio Rondón for UNT and Stalin González, who clarified Clarion which was invited by Norway and the United States.

On the side of the ruling party, the president of the Chavista National Assembly, Jorge Rodríguez and his sister Delcy Rodríguez, vice president of the government.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó does not participate in the dialogues in Mexico, but sent some of his closest collaborators. Photo: AP

In addition, the governor of Miranda Héctor Rodríguez and Nicolás Maduro Guerra, “Nicolasito”. The president’s son was seen on Friday morning in Caracas, despite the fact that his father had announced the day before that he would go to Mexico because “You have to negotiate even with the devil himself”.

Hours before the meeting called by the host of Mexico, the Chavista delegation tried to prevent the incorporation of the ambassador appointed by Guaidó in Washington, Carlos Vecchio, representing the Popular Will, party founded by Leopoldo López, whom Maduro has requested his extradition to Spain, which fueled the tension of the meeting.

A day before, Guaidó assured that “the objectives of the negotiation process are clear: the search for a solution to the crisis. We have the largest and best possible unity that is the tool to confront the dictatorship ”.

What each part asks for

The opposition seeks to establish an electoral schedule for fair and free presidential, legislative and regional elections, the release of the 270 political prisoners, the rehabilitation of banned political parties and leaders, among others.

Guaidó demanded the release of Freddy Bernal, arrested a month ago. The health of the national coordinator of Popular Will is in danger due to heart deficiencies.

Chavismo and the opposition, face to face in Mexico: a tense round of negotiations begins

Carlos Vecchio, the representative appointed by the “interim government” of Juan Guaidó in Washington, participates in the negotiations in Mexico. Photo: EFE

Chavismo, for its part, seeks the suspension of individual sanctions and the embargo of Petróleos de Venezuela, the recognition of its de facto government and the renunciation of violence and the coup. Maduro has said that “he will not accept blackmail.”

But nevertheless, the United States government ratified the recognition of Guaidó as “interim president” of Venezuela and stressed that significant progress is necessary to assess the lifting of sanctions, said US State Department spokesman Ned Price.

Price stressed that the Joe Biden administration will demand from the Maduro regime “sincerity in the process of seeking a solution to the crisis in Venezuela if it wants sanctions relief.”

“Only with free and fair presidential elections, the United States government will evaluate the lifting of sanctions against regime officials,” concluded Price.

Caracas, special for Clarín