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Venezuela: Maduro suspends dialogue with the opposition
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on August 7 in Caracas. Leonardo Fernandez / AP

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro suspended Wednesday, August 7, the dialogue he has engaged with the opposition for a way out of the crisis in Venezuela, in response the new economic sanctions taken by the United States against Caracas.

 € œAlthough the delegation of the opposition signed by deputy Juan Guaido is already in Barbados for the scheduled session of talks for this week, the President Nicolas Maduro decided not to send the Venezuelan delegation on this occasion, because of the serious and brutal aggression perpetually perpetuated and retorted by the Trump administration against Venezuela ", according to an official statement.

The government claims, however, that it does not leave the negotiating table: "Venezuela is preparing to revisit the mechanisms of this process so that they are in harmony with the interests of our people.".

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Barbados canceled

After exploratory contacts and a first meeting in mid-May in Oslo, discussions between the two sides resumed in Barbados on 8 July. The delegations were to meet on the Caribbean island for new talks on Thursday and Friday, still under the rule of Norway.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Norwegian government said the government and opposition leaders were committed to finding a solution.  "constitutional » To the Venezuelan crisis.

The decision of the Socialist leader comes two days after the announcement by the White House that President Donald Trump has ordered a total freeze of property in the United States of the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro , that Washington wishes to leave power.

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 "Strata  © gie"

In a telephone interview on Wednesday with the VTV public television channel, the Venezuelan president, pointing out that the opposition had applauded the new US sanctions, concluded that we could not negotiate under these conditions.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself president of Venezuelan interest in January and has been recognized by more than 50 countries, including the states United States, congratulated Tuesday the freeze decided by the United States against the assets of the government. He estimated on Twitter that the measure taken by the United States was aimed at "Protect the Venezuelans" and once again accused Mr Maduro of usurping power because his current mandate stems from a presidential election that the opposition considers to be tainted by fraud.

On Wednesday, he assured that the sanctions would strike the Chavist leaders and not the citizens. "They are directed against the regime, against Maduro"he said during a small ceremony in a posh neighborhood of eastern Caracas to demand the release of deputy Juan Requesens.

The latter has been in prison for a year for his alleged link with a drone attack against the head of the socialist state. "There is a national and international strategy, led by Venezuela, to end the suffering of our people."added the Social Democrat Guaido.

"Economic Terrorism"

In the aftermath of the announcement of the freezing of his assets in the United States, the latest in a series of US economic sanctions against the power of Mr. Maduro, which include an embargo for © tracier, Caracas had accused Washington of "Economic terrorism" and seek to provoke a break in the dialogue with the opposition.

On Wednesday, as thousands of supporters of Nicolas Maduro fled to Caracas to denounce US sanctions, Venezuelan Minister of Defense, General Vladimir Padrino , demanded that justice punish those in Venezuela who are in favor of the measures taken by the Trump administration.

"The impunity, that's enough! AT", the minister wrote on Twitter. "Those who started the â € œThuâ € to demand sanctions against the nation (â € |) with shabby political goals must be punished by law  ».

Free elections wanted

General Padrino did not specifically name who he was aiming for. But the government's official announcement announcing the suspension of the talks directly attacked Juan Guaido for his approval of US sanctions. "We have noted with deep indignation that the leader of the opposition delegation, Juan Guaido, celebrates, promotes and supports those actions that undermine the sovereignty of our country and the most elementary human rights of its inhabitants ", declares the communique.

From Barbados, where she arrived, the opposition delegation reiterated that she wanted free elections to be held and "The end of corruption, poverty and human rights violations" in Venezuela.

Under the chairmanship of Mr. Maduro, heir to President Hugo Chavez (1999-2013), Venezuela has plunged into the most serious economic, social and political crisis of its modern history. Some 3.3 million Venezuelans have been exiled since 2015, according to the UN.

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