Maduro pre­pared to meet op­po­si­tion for talks

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CARACAS: Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Nico­las Maduro said his govern­ment was pre­pared to meet the op­po­si­tion for talks, of­fer­ing a glimpse of a break­through in a po­lit­i­cal stand-off marked by months of deadly protests.

Maduro made the sur­prise an­nounce­ment in a tele­vised cab­i­net meet­ing here on Tues­day.

He told his min­is­ters he would ac­cept to un­der­take talks bro­kered by Do­mini­can Repub­lic Pres­i­dent Danilo Me­d­ina and exS­pan­ish premier Jose Luis Ro­driguez Za­p­a­tero.

“Za­p­a­tero and Pres­i­dent Me­d­ina know very well that I have been a pro­moter of this di­a­logue and I ac­cept this new day of di­a­logue,” Maduro said.

Maduro ap­pointed in­flu­en­tial Caracas politi­cian Jorge Ro­driguez as his rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the talks.

The op­po­si­tion an­nounced in turn that it would hold an ex­ploratory meet­ing soon with the Do­mini­can pres­i­dent.

How­ever, it in­sisted it did not mean it was the be­gin­ning of for­mal talks with the govern­ment.

“The time for sym­bolic ges­tures is over,” the op­po­si­tion coali­tion Demo­cratic Unity Round­table said.

“To en­ter into se­ri­ous ne­go­ti­a­tion, we de­mand im­me­di­ate ac­tions that demon­strate a real will­ing­ness to re­solve the na­tional prob­lems and not to win time,” it said. AFP

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