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Mediators seek to restore Venezuela crisis talks

Foreign ministers insist on getting Venezuela crisis talks back on track

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro stands outside the Miraflores Presidential Palace where he received Palestine's President Mahmoud Abbas, in Carac...

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro stands outside the Miraflores Presidential Palace where he received Palestine's President Mahmoud Abbas, in Carac...

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Foreign mediators are in Caracas trying to get talks between Venezuela's government and the opposition back on track after they went off the rails a week ago.

The foreign ministers of Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador and a representative of the Vatican held separate closed-door meetings with the two sides on Sunday. A second round of consultations is scheduled for Monday.

The opposition last week froze month-old negotiations aimed at easing the country's political crisis to protest mass arrests at anti-government protests.

It is refusing to return to the negotiating table until the government makes progress on proposals ranging from an amnesty for jailed activists and a non-partisan truth commission to probe the circumstances that have led to at least 41 deaths since anti-government protests began in February.


Updated : 2021-04-18 01:27 GMT+08:00