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In Venezuela-Opposition Talks, the Prospects for Progress Are Low

MIN READAug 12, 2021 | 18:40 GMT

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido (center) speaks during a press conference at a park in Caracas on June 30, 2021.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido (center) speaks during a press conference at a park in Caracas on June 30, 2021.

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Negotiations between the Venezuelan opposition and Nicolas Maduro’s authoritarian regime will likely yield small compromises, but ultimately fail to result in significant progress on elections or sanctions relief. Delegations representing interim President Juan Guaido and authoritarian leader Maduro will meet in Mexico City on Aug. 13 for what will be their fifth round of talks on the South American country’s political crisis since 2019. National Assembly leader Jorge Rodriguez and Miranda state Governor Hector Rodriguez will negotiate on Maduro’s behalf, while former legislator and mayor of Baruta Gerardo Blyde will represent the opposition. The delegates are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding for more detailed talks in September.  ...

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