PARIS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government and opposition will hold a round of talks in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, France’s foreign minister said on Tuesday, warning Caracas that it risked EU sanctions if it failed to engage in negotiations.
Venezuela has been convulsed by demonstrations against leftist President Nicolas Maduro, accused by critics of knocking the oil-rich country into its worst-ever economic crisis and bringing it to the brink of dictatorship.
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“I was happy to learn that dialogue with the opposition would restart tomorrow in the Dominican Republic,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement after meeting his Venezuelan counterpart, Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, in Paris.
Opposition leaders in Venezuela, however, said they had no knowledge of any talks starting this week.
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“To be honest, I have no information on that,” Enrique Márquez, head of opposition party A New Time, told Reuters.
“I have no idea why the French foreign minister said that. We are very surprised,” added Tomas Guanipa, opposition legislator and secretary general of the Justice First party, at a news conference. “There’s no type of conversation planned.”
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Le Drian said Wednesday’s meeting would be under the auspices...
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