Correspondent in Caracas
There is still no place, date, or calendar the eventual dialogue between the Chavista regime and the opposition. But Nicolás Maduro, head of the Chavista government, anticipates events and affirms that “the first steps are being taken for a fair dialogue with the opposition” without his main adversary, Juan Guaidó, endorsing the meetings.
Without having further news from the opposition side about the future dialogue to reach a national agreement, Maduro granted an interview to the US agency Bloomberg where he confirmed that are conducting “intense negotiations” with the opposition ahead of the regional elections on November 21.
ABC had access to the excerpts of the interview with Bloomberg, published by the digital portal Infobae based in Argentina for Latin America, whose page has been blocked in Venezuela by the Chavista regime together with more than 100 digital media for more than two years.
Maduro was consulted on whether the requirements of the international observers for the regional elections, for which he assured that everyone “is invited.” He recalled as previously announced by the rector Roberto Picón that “formal invitations” were sent to the European Union and the United Nations with modifications to the electoral status of international guests. Maduro added that invitations were also sent to important centers of political thought, electoral specialists and international organizations, including the “African Union, the European Union and ASEAN, as well as observers from the United States.”
“There is an intense and diverse negotiation with all the oppositions,” he said without mentioning with which sectors they are talking. “In Venezuela there is not a single opposition,” he said. «And today there are intense negotiations to expand electoral guarantees with a view to the mega elections of November 21 and very soon there will be good news of new guarantees for those elections, “he confirmed. He added that “the electoral guarantees to promote transparent and verifiable mega-elections will be expanded according to the political negotiation that is taking place with all the opposition factors.”
In his interview with Bloomberg journalist Erik Schatzker, Maduro assured that he trusts “political negotiations.” “Today a negotiation process is proposed with the help of the government of the Kingdom of Norway and the participation and observation of other friendly countries of the world. This process is in its infancy, the first steps are being taken to establish a shared, common, fair and egalitarian agenda for dialogue. I believe that a dialogue and negotiation should be progressive that will lead us to a great national agreement, “said Maduro.
For his part, the interim president Juan Guaidó has not advanced anything on the issue of dialogue. Until now, he has been dissatisfied with the dialogue negotiations through microphones and the media spectacle that Maduro intends to mount to wash his face and become propaganda. However, he has announced an international tour that he will carry out will seek support in the European Union and the United States, as well as addressing the end of sanctions in the country in a “progressive” manner.
In a press conference, Guaidó has stressed that the tour previously announced by the opposition to add support to the National Salvation Agreement, which will be headed by Gerardo Blyde, has the “objective of incorporating all the factors to achieve an agreement and with a view to a possible future (of Venezuela) to articulate feasibility alternatives.”
“There is clearly an interest of the regime at this moment in the progressive lifting of sanctions (…). It is part of what we are going to articulate precisely with our allies. We already have progress on this for a year, there is already a first working paper, “said the opposition leader.
In this sense, he has said that “Venezuela needs an agreement that generates progress,” so that, then, “what we are also going to discuss with our allies is that progressive lifting of sanctions, with the fulfillment of the agreement, with which feel comfortable, because they too feel their safety threatened. ‘