Talks between representatives of the government of Nicolás Maduro and Venezuela’s democratic sectors in the Dominican Republic came to an end. No agreements were reached and this made some people very happy.
We never believed that both sides were to reach any kind of agreement on this occasion, but the words of the Chilean foreign minister made us somewhat optimistic about the future of these negotiations. We remain firmly committed to resolve this political conflict by holding talks.
However, the way how the opposition delegation handled the talks did not seem to us to be the best. It was the so-called G4 excluding the rest of the parties. Then they rectified, but it was not convincing. There are G9 parties from the former Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) opposition coalition that have complained about not having been heard, and now they complain about being informed on the negotiations.
Let us hope that those who attended the meeting in the Dominican Republic give a full report on the topics addressed to those who are complaining today. It seems to us that it would be convenient to add as many opposition parties as possible in favor of an agreement.
We would also like to acknowledge the decision to include a group of Venezuelans from various sectors in the delegation that traveled to Santo Domingo as a positive thing. They say that their proposals were heard and taken into account, certainly a positive point for Julio Borges and other members of the Parliament that accompanied him.
The Government is still acting in a disrespectful way, though. Maduro, with a true hoodlum attitude, said he had forced the opposition lawmakers to sit at the negotiation table and that he appreciated their "collaborationism," a word that has been repeated every time he feels like to give arguments to those who oppose the talks within the opposition.
Not happy with that and disregarding what was agreed in the Dominican Republic, he invited the opposition lawmakers for a meeting back home in the Miraflores presidential palace. We found the response given by Borges to be very appropriate.
Let us hope that, by December 15, the democratic lawmakers can add more people in support of their effort and achieve results in the negotiations that allow to break out of the deadlock and lead to a peaceful, democratic and constitutional resolution of the crisis. It’s not going to be an easy thing. The task ahead is hard.