September 14 2017
Dominican President Danilo Medina (c), Chancellor Miguel Vargas (l) and the
former president of the Spanish Government Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (d),
one of the mediators of the dialogue in Santo Domingo | Photo: EFE
Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero and Dominican President Danilo Medina invited both sides to restart dialogue.
The Venezuelan government says talks with the opposition will resume on September 27 following two days of discussions in the Dominican Republic.
A commission of friendly countries, Bolivia, Chile, Mexico and Nicaragua, will support the process.
“We are in the process of transforming an agenda that will lead to a definitive negotiation to the crisis, ” said the president of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina.
We insist on a dialogue of peace
Jorge Rodriguez, mayor of Caracas’ Libertador municipality and lead negotiator, said “On behalf of the President Nicolas Maduro’s delegation we can say that we are moving forward in important points and that despite the aggression against our economy we insist on a dialogue of peace.”
Rodriguez also thanked everyone for taking part.
He went on to tell reporters that while yesterday’s talks were very good, today’s were even better.
The meetings between both delegations have been held at the Dominican Republic’s Foreign Ministry headquarters.
The opposition was represented by Timoteo Zambrano, Luis Florido, Manuel Rosales, Vicente Diaz, Eudoro Gonzalez, and president of the National Assembly, Julio Borges.
The Venezuelan government was represented by Mayor Jorge Rodriguez, the president of the National Constituent Assembly, Delcy Rodriguez, and Roy Chaderton Matos.
National Constituent Assembly President Delcy Rodriguez said of her attendance at the talks in the Dominican Republic, “We have come here with a flag of peace.”
Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero and Dominican President Medina invited both sides to restart dialogue in the Caribbean nation, while the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has also welcomed the move.
“(We) encourage the Venezuelan political actors to seize this opportunity,” his office said in a statement.
The statement added that Guterres is convinced that “the situation in Venezuela requires a political solution based on dialogue and compromise between the government and the opposition to ensure coexistence among all Venezuelans.”
In 2016, the government of President Nicolas Maduro called for a dialogue with the opposition, which was abandoned on several occasions by their leaders.