Venezuela: Maduro, ready to dialogue with the opposition

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 11:14:38 +0100

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he is ready to dialogue with the opposition and opens up possible mediation of third countries in the Venezuelan crisis. "I am ready to sit down at the negotiating table with the opposition to speak for the good of Venezuela, for the desire for peace and for the future ", said Maduro in an interview with the Russian agency Ria Novosti. Speaking of a possible international mediation, Maduro said that "there are several governments and organizations in the world that have shown their sincere concern for what is happening in Venezuela and have called for dialogue". The Venezuelan president said he was in favor of an intervention by other states to this effect and mentioned in particular "the governments of Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia, Russia, the Vatican and some European governments". "I am sending them official letters to support dialogue in Venezuela where they want, when they want and in whatever form they want," said Maduro. Maduro also said he had no doubt that US President Donald Trump ordered him to kill him: "he told the Colombian government and the Colombian oligarchy mafias to kill me," the Venezuelan president said in a Sputnik invervista. "If something should happen to me one day, those responsible would be Donald Trump and the president of Colombia, Ivan Duque," said Maduro, underlining that "in the meantime he will continue to protect me". The Venezuelan president added that "fortunately we have good protection systems, with excellent international advisors", but did not want to answer a question about the presence of Russian contractors in his security personnel, as reported by media information. "I can not say," he answered a question about this possibility. TO