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Venezuela government, opposition representatives visit Norway for possible talks 


Representatives of Venezuela’s government and the opposition have traveled to Norway to talk about potential options following an unsuccessful coup against President Nicolas Maduro, as per 4 opposition sources familiar with the situation.

In earlier shows this year, the country’s top government officials will build a transition government that will not include Maduro, based on U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Those attempts fell aside after opposition calls for Venezuela’s military to rise against Maduro on April 30 failed, in accordance with the opposition sources.

The military has stood loyalty to Maduro, who explains the April 30 events as a coup plot. Sources said Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez and Miranda state Governor Hector Rodriguez of the Socialist Party both traveled to Oslo. Opposition legislator Stalin Gonzalez, along with political advisers Gerardo Blyde and Fernando Martinez have also visited Norway.

Norway’s foreign minister said as early as March that it was ready to act as a mediator or facilitator of talks between the Venezuelan government and the opposition.

No meetings have yet been organized, and the parties will meet individually with Norwegian diplomats, one of the sources said.

Maduro, in a speech broadcast on state television on Wednesday evening, stated Jorge Rodriguez was “completing a very important mission abroad,” without giving more information.


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