Venezuela: Government and Opposition Considering European Countries For Dialogue

The Venezuelan government and opposition are taking steps to discuss the political and economic crisis and have said they are not ruling out the possibility of bringing European countries to the dialogue.

After a long conversation, the two sides have reportedly agreed for Chile, Nicaragua, Mexico and Bolivia to be part of the dialogue. The sides did not reveal any of the European countries they are considering but they are reportedly thinking about bringing two.

The two sides will meet again later this month in the Dominican Republic. The President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina confirmed during a press conference that the four countries would be part of the dialogue. He added that it’s probable that two more countries will be announced in the next few days. He did not reveal the countries being considered.

The opposition party, Mesa de la Unidad Democratica (MUD), has said they have already come up with a schedule and all the requests. One of the requests is said to be the change of officials in the electoral council, which is mostly in favor of the government. They say this request is to guarantee clean elections with the help of the international community. The country will hold regional elections next month and the presidential election will take place next year.

The other requests will likely include the release of the political prisoners and other steps to guarantee a clean presidential election in 2018. The majority of the opposition is now focused on the regional elections, which will take place in October.

Little details are known about the government’s requests but experts believe one of them could be the acceptance of the constituent assembly, which the opposition and international community have called illegitimate since a national assembly was elected in 2015.

Opposition member Henrique Capriles revealed that the European countries being considered are Portugal, France and Greece. He also made it clear that he was not sold on the idea of negotiation since it is a dictatorship that does not respect the constitution. He added that he has given them the benefit of the doubt because he thinks that the government needs the international community to solve the economic crisis, which has left the country with severe shortages of food and medicines. It has also left it with one of the highest inflation in the world.