“We continue making progress in Mexico,” said Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro as he described the scope of a new agreement between the Venezuelan Government and the Unitary Platform, endorsed on Monday in Mexico, as “right.”
In Caracas, President Maduro explained that the two parties “have taken another step for dialogue and understanding,” after agreeing on three key aspects that will guide the negotiations in the face of foreign attempts to impede a mechanism aiming to the search for peaceful, sovereign solutions to Venezuela’s situation.
“It is a document we adopted by consensus,” underlined the Venezuelan president when referring to the document presented earlier by the representative of the Kingdom of Norway, Dag Nylander, which stresses the need of securing a gender approach in the talks, the beginning of a consultation method with political and social actors, and the strong rejection to xenophobic acts against Venezuelan migrants.
President Maduro stressed that during the third round of negotiations, they successfully overcame the impasse with the Kingdom of Norway, following the statements of Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg about an alleged “decline in democracy and respect for human rights” in Venezuela.
In this regard, on Saturday, September 25, the head of delegation of the Venezuelan Government, Jorge Rodríguez, stated that “we have overcome this situation, and we remain in concert with the Norwegian mediation delegation,” the Russian Federation, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the United Mexican States as facilitators of political talks.
“We only ask countries not to meddle in Venezuela’s domestic affairs […] We want dialogue. We can overcome our differences only through peace,” said Maduro, referring to the statements delivered by his Colombian counterpart, Iván Duque, and the pseudo U.S. ambassador to Venezuela, James Story, in an attempt to “destroy dialogue.”
In this regard, the Venezuelan president reaffirmed that these negotiations also aim to the recovery of Venezuela’s assets seized overseas.
“No matter what Duque does, Monómeros is a Venezuelan company, and we are going to rescue it. No matter what Juan Guaido does, Citgo is a Venezuelan company, and we are going to rescue it,” added President Maduro.