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Venezuela Opposition Walks Out of Vatican-Mediated Dialogues

  • Opposition blames government instransigence for skipping talks
  • Pressure from abroad increasing as Venezuelan crisis deepens
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Why Venezuela's Many Crises Keep Getting Worse

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Venezuela’s opposition sat out a third scheduled meeting with the government that was part of Vatican-sponsored talks as their hopes of achieving a regime change is looking increasingly dim.

Coalition chief Jesus “Chuo” Torrealba said early Tuesday the opposition alliance wouldn’t attend the talks, blaming the ruling socialists for reneging on promises to ease the country’s bitter political standoff. For weeks, the alliance, or MUD, has demanded that President Nicolas Maduro make concessions to ease tensions, such as releasing dozens of jailed activists, allowing humanitarian aid into the country or appointing new electoral authorities.