Delegations representing Nicolás Maduro and Juan Guaidó met this week in Barbados to continue peace negotiations in the search for a peaceful solution to the Venezuelan crisis. The meeting was held at the behest of the Norwegian government, which had already fostered discussions between the parties in May. Although no concrete results have yet been reached, the delegations affirmed that the conditions for reaching an agreement are “in place”. The parties could meet again in Barbados in the coming weeks.
The agenda envisages the appointment of a new National Electoral Council (CNE) and Juan Guaidó’s mediation efforts with the United States to reverse the economic sanctions this country has imposed on Venezuela. “I am sure we will reach an agreement that will be very beneficial for our nation,” Maduro said. Rumors would indicate that they discussed holding early presidential elections but the president of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Diosdado Cabello, has denied such discussion.
Guaidó said the objective of the peace talks is “to negotiate a way out of the dictatorship,” and expressed confidence that the negotiations would “reach a favorable outcome for all Venezuelans.”