The delegation of the Chavista regime arrived in Mexico to resume dialogue with the Venezuelan opposition

The Chavista delegation headed by Jorge Rodríguez in Mexico City this Friday
The Chavista delegation headed by Jorge Rodríguez in Mexico City this Friday

The delegation of the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela arrived this Friday in Mexico City for the signing of a “social agreement” with the Venezuelan opposition, as part of the political dialogues that had been suspended for more than a year.

The negotiations between Chavismo and the opposition, facilitated by the Kingdom of Norway, are resumed after months of reserved meetings between the parties and in which the United States has played a role by making it clear that allowing the Chevron oil company take on a broader role in Venezuela’s energy sector depends on his return to talks in Mexico.

The Chavista delegation, led by Jorge Rodriguezpresident of the regime-controlled National Assembly, and that of the opposition he leads Gerardo Blydethey plan to sign a “social agreement” on Saturday, which according to the representative of the government of Nicolás Maduro creates “a practical mechanism to address vital social needs” in Venezuela.

“We are interested (…) that our issues are resolved through discussion and dialogue within the framework that the Constitution gives us”, said Rodríguez upon his arrival in Mexico with his nine-person delegation and in which there was a change for include Camila Fabri, wife of businessman of Colombian origin Alex Saab.

File photo of Alex Saab and his wife, Camilla Fabri
File photo of Alex Saab and his wife, Camilla Fabri

Saab’s extradition, in October 2021, from Cape Verde to the United States on money laundering charges was what provoked the anger of the Maduro regime and the suspension of the talks. Since then, Chavismo has demanded his release.

The president of the Chavista parliament has said that the agreement seeks to address problems in the provision of public services such as electricity, and those of health and schools, using money that they hope to unfreeze in the international financial systembut has not given details about the amounts or deadlines to receive these funds, which would be administered by the UN.

Maduro said Thursday night that the dialogue will be “based on recover sequestered resources to invest in the town. Later we will see what other issues can be discussed with this opposition”.

The opponents see in the dialogues a way to get out of the crisis with an eventual agreement to go to “free and fair” elections presidential elections, scheduled for 2024.

The opposition delegation is expected to arrive on Friday night.

File photo: Gerardo Blyde with Jorge Rodríguez in Mexico City on September 27, 2021 (REUTERS / Luis Cortes)
File photo: Gerardo Blyde with Jorge Rodríguez in Mexico City on September 27, 2021 (REUTERS / Luis Cortes)

The resumption of the dialogue will take place two weeks after the delegates of the Chavista dictatorship and the opposition they met in paris in a round table to address the Venezuelan crisis.

This round table was attended by Jorge Rodríguez and Gerardo Blyde, representative of the so-called Unitary Platform, an opposition block made up of members of the group that in 2021 tried to dialogue with representatives of the Maduro dictatorship in Mexico.

Through dialogue, Maduro seeks to get all the sanctions that weigh on his administration and senior officials, including himself.

The opposition, for its part, said in a statement that it comes to the dialogue “with the urgency and the will to find, once and for all, tangible and real agreements that translate into solutions for the humanitarian crisis”; in particular “the construction of conditions and institutions that guarantee, among other things, free and observable elections”.

The initiative, in which Norway participates as a promoter as in the failed attempt in 2019, is seen by many in the international community as a reason for hope to move towards a peaceful and negotiated exit of the political, social and economic crisis in Venezuela.

(With information from Reuters)

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