Venezuela's Maduro says ready for talks with opposition

Jan 31, 2019, 09:57
Venezuela's Maduro says ready for talks with opposition

"Not just in protest of the crisis we are living in all of Venezuela, not just because of how bad things are, but also for the future". "I'm too scared something will happen to me", he said.

Cordoba said her children were among the more than 3 million Venezuelans who have left the country in the past couple of years. Moreover, Venezuela having rich oil, gas and gold reserves is a great reason for the U.S.to promote a coup in the country. Several EU countries came forward with support for the Venezuelan parliament and expressed hope for new elections to resolve the crisis.

Despite their increasingly militant opposition to Maduro, whom they regard as a dictator, both Washington and Bogota have repeatedly denied accusations of plots to kill him.

Washington has imposed sanctions on the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, a critical source of revenue for the economically crippled country.

Mr Maduro is backed by a number of countries, including Russian Federation.

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The United States has refused to rule out military intervention in Venezuela and Donald Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton was even photographed on Monday at the White House holding a notepad with the scrawled line: "5,000 troops to Colombia".

In an interview with Russia's RIA Novosti news agency that aired on Wednesday, Maduro said he has sent letters to the governments of Bolivia, Mexico, Russia and Uruguay to involve them in a new process of dialogue with the opposition.

Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas Wednesday in response to Guaido's call for a peaceful, two-hour, midday protest "to demand that the armed forces side with the people".

In that context, the arrival in Caracas of a Boeing 777 plane from Moscow on Monday led to speculation that Maduro's government was preparing to ship more gold reserves out of the country, following shipments of $900 million of gold to Turkey previous year. He said that a Supreme Court decision barring him from leaving the country was of no concern, saying: "We don't want to leave the country".

US Special Envoy to Venezuela Elliot Abrams said that although the generals may still be with Maduro, rank-and-file soldiers are not.

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Opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself the interim president last week and has urged citizens to challenge Maduro with walkouts on Wednesday.

Describing himself as an admirer of U.S. history, Maduro said that he hopes that reasonable United States citizens will prevail, adding that America "is a great country, and it is much more than Donald Trump".

More than 40 people are believed to have been killed in political violence last week, including 26 shot by pro-Government forces, five killed in house raids and 11 during looting, United Nations human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said. Guaidó does not yet, however, have control of the military, whose leaders have benefitted greatly from ties with Maduro.

The 4-minute video, in Spanish with English subtitles, was posted on Maduro's official Facebook page on Wednesday, shortly after he accused US President Donald Trump of ordering the Colombian government and mafia to assassinate him, and rejected a European ultimatum to call snap presidential elections within 8 days.

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