Venezuela government-opposition talks fail in Norway

This combination of pictures created on May 25, 2019 shows Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido (L) and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (By AFP)
Representatives of the Venezuelan government and opposition have failed to reach an agreement in Norway to resolve the Latin American country’s political and economic crisis.

The end of the Norway-mediated talks in Oslo was announced without an agreement on Wednesday.

The talks failed after opposition delegates repeated calls for Venezuela’s democratically-elected President Nicolas Maduro to step down and allow a transitional government to organize new presidential elections.

Still, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said the representatives of Venezuela’s government and opposition had shown “willingness” to make headway.

“The parties have demonstrated their willingness to move forward in the search for an agreed-upon and constitutional solution for the country, which includes political, economic, and electoral matters,” the ministry said.

Norway also called on both sides to show discretion in public comments so as not to damage the process.

Nevertheless, opposition figure Juan Guaido threatened to call for street protests after the talks failed.