Maduro prepared to meet opposition for talks
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