Venezuela crisis talks in Oslo break up without agreement

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Talks between government and opposition representatives aimed at resolving Venezuela’s political crisis have ended without agreement.

The talks in Norway were the first between the two sides since National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaidó declared himself interim leader in January, arguing that President Nicolás Maduro’s re-election was fraudulent.

Despite the lack of progress both sides said they wanted to continue the talks.

No date has been set for a next round.

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What happened at the talks?

A government delegation consisting of Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, Information Minister Jorge Rodríguez and Miranda State Governor Héctor Rodríguez met an opposition delegation made up of lawmaker Stalin González, former minister Fernando Martínez Mottola and former lawmaker Gerardo Blyde.

The talks were held in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

In a statement released after they were finished, the Norwegian foreign ministry urged the parties “to show their utmost caution in their comments and statements regarding the process” in order to “preserve a process that can lead to results”.

Little is therefore known about what was discussed but both Mr Guaidó and President Maduro stated that the meeting had ended “without agreement”.

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