Representatives of Venezuela’s government and the opposition are holding “peace negotiations” in Oslo this week, Norwegian media reported Thursday.
Venezuela has been in political turmoil since assembly speaker Juan Guaido declared himself acting president in January in a direct challenge to elected President Nicolas Maduro’s authority.
The NRK radio and television network, quoting anonymous sources, said peace talks have taken place at a secret location in the Norwegian capital for “several days” and are expected to conclude on Thursday,
It is the second time that such talks have been held in Oslo between the government and Guaido’s representatives, NRK said.
It said negotiations have also taken place in Cuba.
“We can neither confirm nor deny Norway’s involvement in peace processes or dialogue initiatives,” a Norwegian foreign ministry spokeswoman, Ane Haavardsdatter Lunde, told AFP.
Venezuelan Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez and the governor of Miranda province Hector Rodriguez represented Maduro’s government, NRK said.
The opposition is represented by former deputy Gerardo Blyde, former minister Fernando Martinez Mottola and the vice president of the National Assembly Stalin Gonzales.
In Caracas, Maduro said Jorge Rodriguez “is overseas, on a very important mission”.