Can Norway’s mediating efforts end Venezuelan political crisis

Diplomatic efforts in Norway with talks between government and opposition delegates of Venezuela keep the hope to end differences on key issues and bring solution to the ongoing crisis.

Attempt to mediate comes amid tensions that exploded in Venezuelan street violence and late last month opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a military uprising against president Nicolas Maduro.

Not much information has been detailed whether the opposition camps would negotiate directly, but it is confirmed the two sides have sent delegations to Oslo for the talks.

However, earlier Guaido had said to be meeting a delegation from a mostly European group of nations.

Over the years Norway has played key roles in hosting secret peace talks like in September 1993 the country helped in the negotiations of Israel with Palestine. In 2011 Philippines government and Maoist rebels met to talk while in 2002 a cease-fire between Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebel negotiators was brokered.

According to Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution work was in process for about past one year to bring two sides of Venezuela together.

Attempt to mediate comes amid tensions that exploded in Venezuelan street violence and late last month opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a military uprising against president Nicolas Maduro.

Meanwhile, Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs official Per Wiggen has not yet confirmed about the meeting of two sides, but earlier this year Norway urged both the parties to talk.

Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide had earlier told to lawmakers that the country could be a mediator.

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