Representatives of the Venezuelan government and opposition meet in Norway to resolve the political crisis

Representatives of Venezuela's government and opposition met Thursday in Norway to try to end the long-standing political stalemate in their South American country.

The Norwegian Foreign Ministry declined to comment on reports from several media outlets in Latin America and the Norwegian Broadcasting and Television Corporation, which cited unidentified sources.

"We do not confirm or deny any kind of involvement in peace operations," Foreign Ministry spokesman Per Wijn told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

The Norwegian Broadcasting and Television Corporation and the Venezuelan website "Navio" said that the participants in the meetings went back to Venezuela.

Venezuela has experienced a major economic and political crisis. Several million Venezuelans have fled abroad amid astronomical inflation and shortages of goods.

The opposition-led National Assembly, led by opposition leader Juan Guido, is trying to oust President Nicolas Maduro, who won a second term in a disputed election a year ago.

Dozens of countries, including the United States, have recognized Guido as interim president of Venezuela. Norway was not among them.

The Venezuelan government in Norway was represented by Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez and Governor Miranda Hector Rodriguez, according to reports.

The opposition was represented by Gerardo Blade, a former member of the National Assembly, Fernando Martínez Mottola, a former member of the Government under former President Carlos Andreas Pérez, and Stalin González, Vice-President of the National Assembly.

According to Norwegian Broadcasting and Television, talks were also held in Cuba.

Norway and Cuba worked together to facilitate the four-year talks and in 2016 resulted in a peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The then President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.


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