- Title: Venezuelan government, opposition carry on second round of talks
- Date: 5th September 2021
- Summary: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (SEPTEMBER 4, 2021) (REUTERS) CONVOY OF VEHICLES TO TRANSPORT OFFICIALS PARTICIPATING IN TALKS ARRIVING AT SOFITEL HOTEL POLICE OFFICERS ON DUTY OUTSIDE THE HOTEL EXTERIOR OF SOFITEL HOTEL, WHERE TALKS ARE HELD REPRESENTATIVES OF VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION ARRIVING AT HOTEL (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REPRESENTATIVE OF VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION, GERARDO BLYDE, SAYING: "We came to work, and we are working to produce agreements for the country. Agreements on humanitarian emergency because we are facing the worst humanitarian crisis in our country in all its republican history. It is not in vain that so many Venezuelans have emigrated to obtain income outside our borders, a people that had never been migrants before." REPRESENTATIVES OF VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION TALKING TO REPORTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REPRESENTATIVE OF VENEZUELAN OPPOSITION, GERARDO BLYDE, SAYING: "These early agreements will seek to lessen the crisis. But the crisis has severe underlying problems. The (political) model failed in Venezuela, which does not recognize the democratic and constitutional order. With the rescue of democratic constitutionality, we will be able to solve the immense economic problems that our country is experiencing." MEXICAN FLAG REPRESENTATIVES OF VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT WALKING TOWARDS REPORTER (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REPRESENTATIVE OF VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT, JORGE RODRIGUEZ, SAYING: "We are very attentive that all the economic guarantees that have been cut off, blocked, and stolen from the Venezuelan government are restored. This is a good opportunity for the inhabitants of our country to recover their right to economic freedom, their right to maintain a constitutional order that no one should ever have to leave." REPORTERS OUTSIDE HOTEL (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REPRESENTATIVE OF VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT, JORGE RODRIGUEZ, SAYING: "It is a friendly atmosphere, which is a positive element. The work is very hard, and we are going to have to work very hard. We believe that the Bolivarian government delegation and President Maduro are willing to make every effort to reach partial agreements as soon as possible." REPORTERS OUTSIDE HOTEL
- Embargoed: 19th September 2021 01:49
- Keywords: Opposition President Nicolas Maduro talks
- Location: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- City: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: South America / Central America,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001ETFZD53
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:The second round of talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition continued on Saturday (September 4) in Mexico City to ease the once-prosperous country's long-running crisis, which has forced millions to flee.
Representatives of embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition to his government met during the weekend after the first round of negotiations held in the Mexican capital last month.
Opposition representative, Gerardo Blyde, said that they are working on 'early agreements' to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the Latin American country.
The government representative, Jorge Rodriguez, said that they have demanded that financial sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe on Venezuela be lifted, including those applied to state oil company PDVSA, blamed for intensifying the country's historic economic meltdown.
No agreements from the talks have been publicly disclosed so far.
Unlike failed talks in years past, the Mexico-hosted negotiations now have the formal backing of the Netherlands, Russia, Bolivia, and Turkey, as well as Norway, which also participated in the earlier August round.
Venezuelan's economic collapse has been felt far beyond its borders as desperate individuals, and whole families have sought better prospects in other countries, part of an exodus that the Washington-based Organization of American States has estimated will reach seven million next year.
(Production: Roberto Ramirez, Manuel Carrillo, Liamar Ramos)
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