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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Venezuela Politics: Venezuela political foes 'to hold talks' in surprise move



The Vatican says the government and it's opposition are to meet for crisis talks, after an intervention from pope Francis.

Protests have been held in recent days over the suspension of a referendum process seeking to remove president Nicolas Maduro.




The surprise move came after Mr Maduro met Pope Francis in an unannounced visit.
The Vatican and regional bloc Unasur will mediate in the talks.
Pope Francis "urged [the parties] to show courage in pursuing the path of sincere and constructive dialogue", the Vatican said in a statement.
After meeting representatives from both sides, the Vatican's envoy to Argentina, Emil Paul Tscherrig, said "a national dialogue" had already started.
He said they had agreed to formal talks on Sunday on Margarita island in the Caribbean.
Mr Maduro said "at last" dialogue could begin.
The head of the opposition coalition, Jesus Torrealba, who met Mr Tscherrig, said while talks were important "it can't continue to be a strategy for the government to win time".
Another top opposition figure, Henrique Capriles, dismissed the announcement as a diversionary ploy. "No dialogue has begun in Venezuela," he said.

Source: BBC News

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