Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sees an agreement with the US-backed opposition in his country’s future, but Juan Guaido has turned his nose up at negotiations, and appears to be holding out for regime change or bust.
Guaido, the US-backed Venezuelan opposition leader, has rejected negotiations with President Nicolas Maduro, declaring that there’s “never” a good time to mediate with a “dictatorship” – even after Maduro hinted at a possible “agreement.”
I am sure that in 2019 we will reach a great agreement on mutual understanding and peace, dialogue and democracy for Venezuela.
When Guaido’s much-trumpeted May 1 coup failed to produce the expected mass military defection, he blamed “people who failed to follow through,” but held out hope that they would come around “soon.” That was two months ago. Trump has echoed this rhetoric, pointing out that proper regime change “takes time.” And if a leaked recording of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is anything to go by, the opposition can’t even decide who to unite behind.
Representatives from Maduro’s government and Guaido’s camp have met at least twice since May in Oslo, though the content of their discussions has remained largely under wraps.