Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela Says He’s Open to Talks With Opposition

Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela Says He’s Open to Talks With Opposition

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela said Wednesday that he was open to talks with the country’s opposition but rejected a call for new elections, Russia’s RIA news agency reported.

“I am ready to sit down at the negotiating table with the opposition so that we could talk about what benefits Venezuela,” Mr. Maduro said.

It was not clear if the comments were a genuine offer for negotiations with the opposition or a bid to buy time for his embattled government.

He mentioned several possible mediators for the talks, including Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia, Russia, the Vatican and other European governments that had encouraged dialogue. But he gave no indication of any concrete progress in arranging the talks.

Mr. Guaidó said he was not preoccupied with threats of arrest or violence. “If I am always thinking of fear, I couldn’t stand here,” he said from his office in the National Assembly in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital.

“We all live at the edge of being imprisoned or even being murdered,” he added. “That, however, does not stop us from understanding our responsibility.”

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