Former Norwegian Ambassador Hopes Venezuela Talks in Oslo to Be Constant Format

Today, Venezuela's Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Jorge Valero confirmed that talks are now taking place in Oslo, Norway between two representatives of the Maduro government and three representatives of the opposition, whose putative leader is phony "President" Juan Guaidó.

Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress has returned to its chambers a day after security forces prevented its members from entering the National Assembly building for a debate.

Norway's NRK radio and television network, quoting anonymous sources, said the peace talks had taken place at a secret location in the Norwegian capital for "several days" and the delegations were due to return to Caracas on Thursday.

Maduro on Thursday made no direct reference to the meetings, but said Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez was "on a very important mission for peace in the country... in Europe".

The protesters consider Nicolás Maduro to be the legitimate Venezuelan president. "We hope this is only the beginning of a series of talks", Ulnes said.

Multiple worldwide media also confirmed the talks.

After months of stalemate, the Venezuelan government has announced that they are now negotiating with the opposition, with talks ongoing in Norway.

Norway has a long, successful history of foreign mediation: The country hosted peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians in September 1993, and the Philippines government and Maoist rebels in 2011.

The board was nominated by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, of the National Assembly, who appointed himself president in January after declaring President Nicolas Maduro's election invalid.

The Canadian statement says: "It is of critical importance that our two countries meet to discuss the economic, political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and the work we can undertake together to address it".

On April 30, Guaido issued a video message in which he appeared alongside a small contingent of uniformed military personnel and armored vehicles.

American Airlines Group Inc, previously the largest carrier providing service between the United States and Venezuela, in March said it was indefinitely suspending its flights to Venezuela.

The representatives of each side arrived in the Nordic country this week, signaling a fresh approach to seek an end to months of tensions that have escalated since a failed uprising last month led by opposition leader Juan Guaido, who called on the military to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

The myriad diplomatic efforts reflect a recognition in Venezuela that neither side has been able to prevail in the struggle for power, leaving the country in a state of political paralysis after years of hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine.

  • Jon Douglas