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Venezuelan gov't, opposition expected to hold preliminary talks

Caracas, Apr 8 (EFE).- One member of a ministerial delegation from the Union of South American Nations expressed his confidence that Venezuela's MUD opposition coalition and the government of Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday will hold a preparatory meeting with an eye toward opening a dialogue. "This afternoon we hope that that preparatory meeting can occur," Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño told reporters.

Venezuelan sees end of civil war threat through dialogue

Caracas, Mar 31 (EFE).- Venezuela's foreign minister said Monday that the government of President Nicolas Maduro sees dialogue with the opposition as the way to end the threat of civil war, the dream of only small minority faithful to a conservative sector of the United States. Willingness to hold talks "exists in a large part of the opposition," where there are also "those who dream of an armed conflict, of a civil war that, thanks be to God and to the will of the majority of our people, we don't want," Elias Jaua told Globovision TV.

Venezuela's foreign minister calls Kerry 'murderer'

By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's foreign minister lambasted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday as a "murderer" fomenting unrest that has killed 28 people in the South American OPEC member nation. Since street demonstrations began against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government in early February, Venezuelan officials have been accusing Washington of stirring the country's worst political troubles in a decade.

Venezuela target of 'psychological war': foreign minister

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua on Monday accused international media and foreign governments of wilfully misconstruing deadly protests in his oil-rich country in what he called "psychological warfare". "International and national media are carrying out psychological warfare against my country," he told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. He charged that the "propaganda" was supported by "governments that have turned human rights into a weapon for punishing independent governments ... (and) to justify foreign intervention in our internal affairs."

Venezuela target of 'psychological war': foreign minister

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua on Monday accused international media and foreign governments of wilfully misconstruing deadly protests in his oil-rich country in what he called "psychological warfare". "International and national media are carrying out psychological warfare against my country," he told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. He charged that the "propaganda" was supported by "governments that have turned human rights into a weapon for punishing independent governments ... (and) to justify foreign intervention in our internal affairs."

Venezuela seeks Brazil support for Unasur meeting on unrest

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua on Friday said his government has Brazil's support for a meeting of the South American Unasur group to discuss instability in his country. Denouncing the protests that have swept Venezuela since February 4, leaving at least 17 dead, Jaua said Brazil had reacted positively to his call for a Unasur meeting. "From here we shall leave for Surinam to formalize ... a request for a Unasur meeting to discuss this attack on democracy in Venezuela," Jaua said. Suriname currently holds the regional alliance's rotating presidency.

Skeptical U.S. open to improved ties with Venezuela

Washington, Feb 25 (EFE).- The U.S. government is open to the idea of better relations with Venezuela, the State Department said Tuesday after Caracas proposed sending an ambassador to Washington for the first time since 2010. Venezuela's nomination of a prospective envoy came within hours of a State Department announcement that it was expelling three Venezuelan diplomats in response to Caracas' decision last week to throw out a trio of U.S. consular officials.

Venezuela, despite friction, to name envoy to US

Venezuela, which has been at odds with the United States for years and announced the expulsion of three US diplomats last week, will nominate an ambassador to Washington Tuesday, President Nicolas Maduro said Monday. Foreign Minister Elias Jaua will announce the ambassador designate on Tuesday, Maduro said in an event broadcast on state TV.

Security forces raid headquarters of opposition party as tensions build in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela - A crowd of anti-government activists wrested free an opposition politician as he was being hauled away in handcuffs by security forces following a raid on the party headquarters of President Nicolas Maduro's biggest foe.

Venezuela expels 3 U.S. diplomats

Caracas, Feb 17 (EFE).- Three U.S. diplomats denounced by President Nicolas Maduro for allegedly fomenting anti-government violence have 48 hours to leave Venezuela, Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said Monday. He identified the three as Vice Consuls Breeann Marie McCusker, Jeffrey Gordon Elsen and Kristofer Lee Clark.
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