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Venezuela leadership negotiations to resume this week

Posted at 11:37 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 14:37:13-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — A diplomat who represents Venezuela’s opposition leader in Washington says talks on ending the political impasse in the South American country will resume again this week.

Carlos Vecchio, who represents opposition leader Juan Guaidó, did not give a day or location for the talks with representatives of embattled President Nicolas Maduro. Vecchio said in a speech Tuesday in Washington that he is hopeful that talks will resolve the crisis by year’s end.

Speaking at the National Press Club, Vecchio called Maduro an “an obstacle for peace” and said he must leave office.

The two sides held talks for several days earlier this month in Barbados.

Guaidó contends Maduro’s re-election last year was invalid and wants early presidential elections. The government accuses the opposition of stirring up violence.