The Venezuelan government reported on Monday that it accepted the installation “peremptorily” of a commission to monitor and verify the agreements with Barbados, after receiving the proposal from Norway, the facilitating country in the process.
Jorge Rodríguez, head of the government’s delegation to the negotiations in Barbados, assured that they will make a “new attempt” to maintain and support the postulates of political agreements signed last October by the government and the opposition.
“We are in a process of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in dialogue (…) first we will resuscitate it and to resuscitate it must have very clear parameters. “We will present everything shown,” he said to one press conference to discuss the evidence of alleged government collusion.
Last week, Nicolás Maduro’s government said the agreements were “mortally wounded” and reported that it detected and dismantled at least five conspiracy plans in which the military and civilians arrested in recent days.
Among those detained are members of the party of opposition presidential candidate María Corina Machado. The opposition delegation, which accused the government of violating agreements with Barbados after the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela in approve the disqualification to hold public office for Machado, admitted that the verification commission “is not easy to implement.”
Message to the USA
Rodríguez emphasized that the agreement establishes that “external interference is not accepted.”
“Watch the activities of your country,” he said, repeating that they are attentive to the actions taken by the United States and which, he said, could be considered “aggressive.” Rodríguez added that “if there is any aggressive action, our response will be calm, contrary and strong.”
John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, stated this Monday that the government of Venezuela is not fulfilling its commitments and remembers that it has until April, the date on which the licenses for the oil industry can be renewed , to make decisions. .
“A lot will depend here on what Maduro and his regime do. They have until the spring to fulfill their commitments they made in October to allow the parties and the opposition to run freely,” he said in a press conference.
After signing the agreement with Barbados, the US government issued general licenses that “temporary” permission some transactions, but warned that the measures will be reversed “if the specified commitments are not fulfilled.”
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