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Venezuela's negotiations require international support - and realistic expectations

August 13, 2021 12:00 PM
David Smilde Geoff Ramsey Keith Mines Steve Hege
Image of two Venezuelan politicians. The headshot on the left is of a younger man, the right an older man, with a mustache and some grey in his dark hair.



Against the odds, there is once again movement toward negotiations in Venezuela's forever-crisis. Last month, Venezuela’s two presidents, Nicolás Maduro, who claimed victory in deeply flawed elections in 2018, and Juan Guaidó, the young National Assembly president who assumed the “interim presidency” when Maduro tried to claim his second term – both suggested that a new round of talks would start this month. This week, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed they will be held in Mexico City, likely beginning on Aug. 13. Behind this movement is the shuttle diplomacy of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has led facilitation efforts for two and a half years.

To read more, visit The Hill article here