Venezuelan Government and Opposition Agree on Permanent Dialogue

Caracas, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that the Bolivarian Government and the delegations of several opposition groups agreed to establish permanent political dialogue to reach peace agreements.

'This week, in Barbados, a historic working session was held on all six issues agreed upon with the Government of Norway and the right-wing sectors. Three days of intensive work,' the head of State informed.

Maduro clarified that the Executive has no problems to announce the details of the meeting publicly, 'but there is an agreement among the parties to not reveal the punctual issues being discussed. We can only say that there are six items on the agenda agreed upon by consensus,' he noted.

From the city of Cua, state of Miranda, Maduro asked Governor Hector Rodriguez to report on his experience in the process that started in Oslo and was held later in Barbados.

Rodriguez is a member of the official delegation to the talks, along with other officials of the Bolivarian Government.

During three intensive sessions of dialogue and peace with the opposition sectors, we listened to the aspirations, reflections and requests made by the different groups,' the leader confirmed.

He explained that the Government ratified its will to install a permanent board 'in order to work together for the country's peace', in accordance with what was expressed by the right wing, Rodriguez summarized.

He revealed that in the talks in Norway and Barbados, the Bolivarian delegation repeated 'the sad violent and non-positive chronology of the opposition's history against Venezuelans,' he stressed.

Rodriguez, who is also a leader of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), noted that since President Hugo Chavez's death in 2013 and Maduro's electoral victory, the opposition has called to destabilize the country by any means.

He added that despite those opposition agendas with terrorist actions, 'which do not generate anyone's trust', the Government is carrying out the process of dialogue for the benefit of the people.

Rodriguez warned that the process 'will be complex and not simple, because the differences among opposition spokespersons need a lot of work and patience.'

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Venezuelan President Ratifies Willingness to Dialogue with Opposition

Caracas, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday ratified the Bolivarian Government''s willingness to talk with the opposition in order to seek a solution to the current situation in the country.

'I want to ratify the Venezuelan Government's commitment to the Norway dialogue, with the construction of a permanent board for solutions,' the president said at the Miraflores Palace (the venue of the Executive).

During a working meeting at which the ministerial cabinet assessed the development of the Beautiful Venezuela Mission, the head of State noted that the doors of the Presidential Palace are open for the right-wing groups to be able to forge a political exchange.

Maduro called on the opposition to abandon the actions of treason and plots, 'let's take a single path, that of the Constitution, of understanding, education, without foreign interventionism. That is what I want. This 2019, we will reach a peace agreement for Venezuela,' he added.

In that regard, he said that the details of the meetings held with representatives of Venezuelan opposition in Oslo to stabilize the situation in the South American nation will be made public next week. On May 20, representatives from the Government and the opposition started a series of meetings to seek political stability in Venezuela.

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Venezuela Advocates Talks and Peace with Justice

The Venezuelan authorities are currently advocating to resolve political differences in the country through talks and with peace as a principle, but with justice, where those who incite civil war are punished.

Francisco Torrealba, President of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) Workers Committee, told the press that the Venezuelan people have the right to be free and to enjoy their wealth, which is blocked by the United States with the consent of the local opposition.

On the matter, the congressman of the plenipotentiary body assured that 'the National Assembly in contempt can call to anything and nobody will pay attention to it, they are condemned to fail'.

In that sense, he described the opponents as stateless, who ask for sanctions for the population, regardless of human consequences, nor the sovereign decision to fight for social emancipation.

The Constituent Assembly stressed that the President of the Republic, Nicolas Maduro, has repeatedly urged the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump and the media of the northern nation to end the conflict of confrontation and conspiracy against Venezuelans.

He also explained that the head of state has reiterated his willingness to carry out a dialogue with Donald Trump, with respect as the only requirement.

Since 2013, the Venezuelan government has issued more than 400 invitations for talks with the local opposition aimed at achieving peace and political, social and economic stability in the South American country.

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Venezuelan President Pleads for Dialogue against Coup Attempts

President Nicolas Maduro reiterated the willingness to dialogue with the opposition, against attempted coup d''etat established from sectors adverse to the Bolivarian Government.

During the delivery of the national journalism awards held on Thursday at the Miraflores Palace, seat of the government, the president said that the negotiation process will continue for peaceful coexistence and a democratic solution to the political crisis in the country.

With the mediation of the Kingdom of Norway, the Venezuelan government participated in a rapprochement with opposition factions in Oslo, with 'advances that will be revealed in coming days,' Maduro said.

The president criticized the subordination of the main representatives of the national right to the designs of the US hostile policy against Venezuela, and stated that the decisions of the opposition leadership are taken from Washington.

Maduro assured that the Bolivarian Revolution will maintain efforts for the political stability and social happiness, at the same time he pleaded to apply justice to those who conspire against the tranquility of the nation.

After several months of intelligence work, Venezuelan authorities frustrated and unveiled this week a new coup d'etat plan that included the assassination of Nicolas Maduro, as well as other representatives of Venezuela's political and top military command.

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Maduro Requests Extradition of Individual Involved in Coup Plot

Caracas, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro asked his counterpart from the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, for the extradition of Eduardo Jose Baez, who was involved in the attempted coup denounced by authorities.

In a speech on the 16th anniversary of the Francisco de Miranda Front, the president made his request to the Dominican Government public in order to capture the former general for his participation in the plot organized by retired military and police officers to seize power.

'I take this opportunity to ask President Danilo Medina respectfully to capture him, according to international extradition treaties, and to deport him to Venezuela to be tried for the crimes of the fascist coup,' the head of State said.

For his part, Communication Minister Jorge Rodriguez revealed the conspiracy, whose details were known after a 14-month investigation by Venezuelan intelligence agencies.

The action, led by retired military officers paid to provide information, was aimed at assassinating President Maduro; his wife, Cilia Flores; National Constituent Assembly Speaker Diosdado Cabello, and other ministers and government officials.

They also planned to occupy the headquarters of the Central Bank of Venezuela and La Carlota military base, one of the most important in Caracas.

According to the investigation, Raul Baduel, who was tried by Venezuelan justice for misappropriation of public funds and attempting against the nation's integrity, would be taken to that military facility, where he would proclaim himself the Venezuelan president before international media.

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Maduro Highlights Visit by Michelle Bachelet to Venezuela

The president indicated that state officials will treat "with all seriousness her recommendations and points"

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Friday celebrated the conclusion an official state visit to the South American nation by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR)  Michelle Bachelet, after an almost two-hour meeting at the Presidential Palace of Miraflores.

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"We have taken a first step towards a smoother, more cooperative relationship on the human rights of the Venezuelan people," said the head of state, who thanked Bachelet for having responded to the invitation of the Bolivarian government.

The president indicated that state officials will treat "with all seriousness her recommendations and points", at which time he then expressed his wish that "the spirit of this visit prevails on future of the relationship."

Bachelet "has had an intense schedule and met freely with all sectors of the country," said the president as he bid farewell to the official, who Friday conclude her first official visit to Venezuela.

During her three-day tour, the High Commissioner held meetings with government and state officials. On Wednesday, she met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza at the ministry’s headquarters. The next day she held private meetings with the president of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) Maikel Moreno, Attorney General Tarek William Saab, the ombudsman Alfredo Ruiz, and the Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino Lopez.

During the day Friday, Bachelet visited the headquarters of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), where she met with Diosdado Cabello, president of that body. She later spent time with opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido and other legislators from Venezuela’s right wing.

The Bolivarian government maintains a cooperative relationship with the UN in order to strengthen social protection programs and to mitigate the impact of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States (U.S.) against the country. In his agenda for governance, presented in the Homeland Plan 2019-2025, President Maduro included goals to promote objectives for sustainable development that came out of the UN 2030 Agenda in the areas of economics, society, and the environment.


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Pompeo says US tried & failed to unite Venezuelan opposition in leaked audio

A leaked audio of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reportedly exposed the US effort to unite the Venezuelan opposition, whose top figures are apparently too absorbed in power games to become the next US-approved president.

Venezuelan opposition leaders are lining up in droves to pick up the mantle of presidency once Nicolas Maduro is ousted with Washington's help – and the US is struggling to get them to work together, the Washington Post reported citing a leaked audio. The recording was allegedly made during Pompeo's meeting with Jewish leaders last week.

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The effort to cobble together a united front against Maduro is not a thing of "these past months," according to Pompeo. It has been ongoing since he became CIA director, just after Donald Trump's swearing-in as president.

"Since the day I became CIA director, that was something that was at the center of what President Donald Trump was trying to do," he said.

The task "has proven devilishly difficult" though, as everybody in the opposition camp is after their own interests and wants to fight over the spoils rather than focus on the common cause of a coup.

"The moment Maduro leaves, everybody's going to raise their hands and [say], "Take me, I'm the next president of Venezuela.' It would be forty-plus people who believe they're the rightful heir to Maduro," Pompeo reportedly said in the audio.

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In an attempt to force Washington's various stooges to team up, Pompeo sought to enlist help from religious organizations.

"We were trying to support various religious... institutions to get the opposition to come together," he said.

Pompeo blamed the disarray among the opposition for the failure of the April 30 coup attempt by a group of soldiers, which fizzled out within 24 hours.

He maintained that Maduro is overwhelmingly under the influence of foreign backers, mainly Cuba – an idea often repeated by Washington and recently used to put more sanctions on Havana. Venezuelans don't like Maduro, but are looking out for themselves instead of working towards Washington's goals, he complained.

"He [Maduro] doesn't trust Venezuelans a lick. I don't blame him. He shouldn't. They were all plotting against him. Sadly, they were all plotting for themselves."

While the US says that all options, including military, are on the table in Venezuela and pushes the crisis-hit Latin American country further into destitution with crippling economic sanctions, the opposition and the Maduro government are making tentative attempts at dialogue. Late last month, a second round of talks between representatives of self-declared 'interim president' Juan Guaido and Maduro was held in Oslo, but ended without any deal.

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Cuba is not frightened by the measures tightening the blockade

The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns in the strongest terms the measures announced by the United States Government on 4 June 2019, further tightening the economic blockade imposed on Cuba for over 60 years, at a cost for the Cuban economy which amounted to over 134 billion dollars in 2018 at current prices, and to the figure of 933 billion dollars, taking into account the devaluation of the US dollar vis-à-vis the price of gold in the world market.

According to what has been learned, this new escalation, effective as of 5 June, further strengthens the hard restrictions already imposed on US citizens to travel to Cuba, includes an absolute ban on any vessels from the United States and immediately prohibits cruise ships from visiting our country.

The intent continues to be to extract political concessions from the Cuban nation through suffocation of the economy and hurting the population. In this particular case, these measures are also aimed at preventing the American people from knowing the Cuban reality thus bringing down the effects of the slanderous propaganda that is fabricated on a daily basis against our country.

Such actions disregard the majority view of Americans, whose interest to know Cuba and exercise their right to travel was proved by the 650 thousand US travelers who came in 2018, together with half a million Cubans residing in the United States.

Last 17 April, National Security Advisor John Bolton, at an anti-Cuban show attended by the mercenaries defeated in Bay of Pigs and family members of the henchmen of the Fulgencio Batista tyranny, announced that his government would restrict non-family travel to Cuba. This individual is known for having taken over the US foreign policy towards the Western Hemisphere, which constitutes the main threat to peace and stability of the whole region.

The United States supports the Monroe Doctrine openly, with which it tries to deny the sovereign equality and the right to self-determination of every nation of the hemisphere.

The recent attacks against Cuba are grounded on new pretexts. The best-known excuse is the defamatory accusation of Cuba’s military interference in Venezuela. This lie has been publicly and repeatedly rejected by the Cuban government.

They have even gone to the unscrupulous point of proposing Cuba to betray its convictions and the principles that have sustained the foreign policy of the Cuban Revolution, in return for promises of negotiation or relief from the draconian and criminal measures making up the economic blockade.

The solidarity of Cuba with constitutional President Nicolás Maduro Moros, the Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution and the civic and military union of its people, is non-negotiable. The more than 20 thousand Cuban cooperation workers who, on a voluntary basis and selflessly, are providing social services in that country, most of them in the field of health, will remain there cooperating with that sister nation as long as they are welcome by the Venezuelan people.

For Cubans, betrayal is not an option. We are not naïve. It’s already been 150 years of hard struggle for our independence, having to face from the outset the hegemonistic ambitions of the US imperialism.

Cuba will not let itself be frightened or distracted from the essential and urgent tasks for the development of our economy and the construction of socialism. Closely united, we shall be able to face the most challenging adversities. They cannot suffocate us, nor can they stop us.

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