The Latest: Venezuela gov’t, opposition in Norway for talks
|Toronto Star 15 May 2019 at 22:27|
Officials in Venezuela say representatives of the government and opposition have travelled to Norway for talks on resolving the political crisis in the South American country.
Members of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress said Wednesday that senior members of both sides will be involved in the discussions in Oslo.
The National Assembly members spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks, which they described as exploratory.
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One official said delegations from the two opposing camps were travelling after receiving separate invitations from a group of Norwegians.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro did not directly comment on the talks in televised remarks Wednesday. But he said Information Minister Jorge Rodríguez was on a “very important” mission outside Venezuela.
The United States has suspended all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the U.S. and Venezuela, saying the political unrest and tensions there pose a risk to flights.
Wednesday’s announcement by the Department of Homeland Security affected a dwindling number of flights between the two countries, since U.S. airlines no longer fly to Venezuela. The measure reflects the increasingly sour relationship between the Venezuelan government and the U.S., which is leading a campaign to oust President Nicolás Maduro.
The department says conditions in Venezuela “threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew.” It says the flight suspension will continue indefinitely, though the decision will be reviewed if the situation in Venezuela changes.