Opposition says it will negotiate with Maduro under right conditions
The opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) says it would enter talks with the Maduro regime, as long as the government accepted “international mediation,” including a representative from the Vatican, former Latin American heads of state, and a mediator from the Organization of American States (OAS). The US State Department welcomes the MUD announcement. Maduro says he would accept negotiations with the opposition “without any type of conditions” in order to reach political stability in the country.
Opposition leader Henry Ramos Allup clarifies, “We're defending our constitutional rights. Holding a recall referendum this year is not negotiable… the humanitarian crisis is not negotiable, respect for the sovereignty of the people is not negotiable.” Meanwhile, The National Electoral Council has said in response to government appeals, it will announce byJuly 26 whether enough signatures have been authenticated for the referendum drive to proceed.