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Chavists and opposition cheer, criticize 1st dialogue meeting

Caracas, Apr 12 (EFE).- The first meeting for a dialogue between Chavists and the opposition this week in Venezuela was followed by a day of reflection that included cheers, criticism and skepticism about its effects on the country's political crisis. Thursday's meeting of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other representatives of Chavism with members of the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable, or MUD, along with foreign ministers of Unasur nations and the papal nuncio, ended with an agreement to meet again next Tuesday.

Venezuela's Maduro, opposition spar in crisis talks

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders traded barbs during six hours of nationally televised talks that ended at dawn Friday, a rocky first attempt to end deadly anti-government protests. Opposition leaders demanded amnesty for people arrested in two months of protests and the disarmament of radical pro-government civilian groups they accuse of terrorizing demonstrators. Maduro rejected their demands in the talks that began late Thursday, but the socialist leader invited his political rivals to another meeting on Tuesday.

Venezuela's Maduro meets opposition as death toll from protests hits 41

By Diego Ore and Daniel Wallis CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro cautioned opposition leaders to keep their expectations modest on Thursday as he hosted them for mediated talks intended to stem two months of deadly political unrest. Maduro has held similar meetings previously but this was the first to include Henrique Capriles, who Maduro narrowly beat in last year's presidential election, and the first to be brokered by foreign ministers from the Unasur bloc of South American governments.

Little trust as Venezuela, opposition prepare for talks

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was to sit down for the first time Thursday with opposition leaders, in a bid to end weeks of deadly street protests against his beleaguered government. Just one year after succeeding his late mentor, iconic leftist leader Hugo Chavez, Maduro agreed to an unprecedented face-to-face meeting with the opposition, after the regional group Unasur -- the Union of South American Nations -- offered to mediate.

Venezuela's Maduro, opposition to talk, unrest death toll hits 40

By Andrew Cawthorne and Eyanir Chinea CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro was due to host Venezuelan opposition leaders on Thursday at the start of mediated talks intended to stem two months of political unrest that has killed dozens in the OPEC nation. Underlying the gravity of the crisis, authorities said on Thursday a policeman was shot dead in western Barquisimeto city while dispersing a demonstration. That took the official death toll to 40.

Venezuela reaches out to Vatican No. 2 to mediate crisis

By Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government formally invited Vatican No. 2 Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Wednesday to mediate talks with the opposition in hopes of stemming violence that has killed dozens in the nation's worst unrest in a decade. In a letter, President Nicolas Maduro's government asked that Parolin, a former envoy to Venezuela who is now the Vatican's secretary of state, be named a "good faith witness" to a dialogue agreed after two months of protests.

Maduro to meet Venezuela opposition in bid to end crisis

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition coalition representatives agreed Tuesday to hold talks on ending two months of anti-government protests that have left 39 people dead in their oil-rich nation. The talks, tentatively scheduled to begin Thursday, will be overseen by UNASUR, a regional South American grouping, and the Vatican.

Venezuela opposition to join exploratory talks with government

By Eyanir Chinea and Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition said it agreed to attend exploratory talks on Tuesday with President Nicolas Maduro's government in a bid to end the country's worst political unrest for a decade. Clashes between security forces and pro-government militants on one side and hooded opposition demonstrators blocking streets on the other have killed at least 39 people since mid-February.

Venezuela's Maduro accepts proposal to meet with opposition

Caracas, Apr 7 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Monday that he had accepted the proposal of the foreign ministers from the Union of South American Nations to meet with representatives of the opposition. "We had a rather broad conversation. They proposed to me to have a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) with the opposition delegation and, well, I accepted, as I've been calling for political dialogue, for peace, for democracy for eight weeks," said Maduro in public remarks at the end of his meeting with the diplomats.

Venezuela's Maduro accepts proposal to meet with opposition

Caracas, Apr 7 (EFE).- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Monday that he had accepted the proposal of the foreign ministers from the Union of South American Nations to meet with representatives of the opposition. "We had a rather broad conversation. They proposed to me to have a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) with the opposition delegation and, well, I accepted, as I've been calling for political dialogue, for peace, for democracy for eight weeks," said Maduro in public remarks at the end of his meeting with the diplomats.
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