UN diplomats suggest it’s the US-backed coup leader in Venezuela who’s standing in the way of a peaceful political solution

The UN secretary-general has offered to broker a dialogue between the Venezuelan government and opposition. But while the mainstream media has been portraying the Nicolás Maduro’s government as the stubborn party, it seems it’s actually the US-backed and self-declared ‘interim president’ Juan Guaidó who is unwilling to enter into negotiations.

Government willingness and opposition stubbornness

On 11 February, UN secretary-general António Guterres reiterated his willingness to serve as a mediator to resolve Venezuela’s political crisis through dialogue. This followed meetingsthroughout the weekend with Venezuela’s foreign minister Jorge Arreaza at the UN’s headquarters in New York.

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