The peace dialogue between the Venezuelan government and the opposition fails
Venezuela
9 febrero 2018

The negotiations between representatives of the government of Nicolás Maduro and the opposition are now in an indefinite recess, according to the president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina. The dialogue failed because parties involved did not sign a definitive agreement.

This week’s meetings did not go as planned, since each of the delegations made their own peace and peaceful coexistence agreement. The document written by the Chavist envoys has already been signed by President Maduro. Julio Borges, deputy of the National Assembly (AN) and member of the opposition delegation, explained that ‘if an agreement has not been signed already, it is because we believe that what is written there is not worthy of the Venezuelan people.’ Consequently, the representatives of the opposition drafted their own agreement.

If both documents are analyzed, common points between both parties can be found, which are:

Objection to unilateral sanctions against Venezuela;
Working together to improve the economic and social situation;
Electoral guarantees, such as the presence of an international observer in elections and equal access to public and private media during the electoral campaign; and
Creation of the Truth and Human Rights and the Follow-up and Verification of the Agreement Committees.

On the contrary, there are discrepancies regarding:

The date of the presidential elections, which will be on April 22nd, 2018, according to the announcement of the National Electoral Council (Consejo Nacional Electoral);
The revocation of political disqualifications to opposition leaders, such as Henrique Capriles and Leopoldo López;
The recognition of the National Constituent Assembly as a legislative body and the lifting of judicial contempt of the National Assembly.

The former Spanish president and mediator of the negotiations, José Rodríguez Zapatero, declared that, even though there is no agreement, both parties expressed their desire to continue with the peace dialogue. Therefore, it is expected that negotiations will continue in the coming weeks.

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