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Petro: Maduro talks with opposition will resume

Bogotá (EFE) – Colombian President Gustavo Petro assured this Wednesday that dialogue between the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the opposition will resume next Friday.

“On November 25 and 26 of this year, dialogues between the Maduro government and the Venezuelan opposition will resume,” the head of the Colombian state said on Twitter, without going into details.

The dialogue, which has been ongoing since August 2021 in Mexico, was suspended after three months by an official decision in protest against the extradition of Colombian businessman Alex Saab, an alleged figurehead for President Maduro, to the United States.

previous conversations

The President of Colombia participated in previous talks held a few weeks ago in Paris at the World Peace Forum, which was also attended by Argentine Presidents Alberto Fernandez and French Presidents Emmanuel Macron.

Also participating were Colombian Foreign Minister Alvaro Leyva Durán; the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway, Anniken Huitfeldt; Jorge Rodriguez, head of the Venezuelan delegation for dialogue, and Gerardo Blyde, representative of the opposition.

After this meeting in Paris, Petro said that the unlocking of Venezuela and a general amnesty in elections that could take place in 2024 would be the key to revitalizing the dialogue table.

Current relations between Colombia and Venezuela

Since Petro became president of Colombia, relations with Venezuela have changed and the two countries have re-established diplomatic relations that were cut off in February 2019.

Last Monday, the Colombian government and guerrillas from the National Liberation Army (ELN) organized a dialogue table in Caracas to resume hostilities. peace talks They were suspended for four years and four months.

In this new phase of the negotiations, Cuba and Norway are once again acting as guarantor countries, along with Venezuela, which plays a decisive role because of its proximity to Colombia and because, according to the Colombian authorities, members of the guerrillas have been hiding in its territory for years. .

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org