UPDATED 7:56 AM PT – Sat. February 9, 2018
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is rejecting a statement by an EU backed group, calling for a peaceful solution to his country’s conflict.
In a televised address Friday, Maduro said he did not agree to the content of the statement, and its “partisan and ideological nature.”
On Thursday, the International Contact Group on Venezuela, said it would be sending a mission to the country to help provide humanitarian aid.
It also called for new presidential elections in Venezuela as soon as possible. Maduro said while he disagreed with the group, he is open to negotiations.
“I am ready for dialogue wherever, whenever and with whomever it may be. Now. Through me personally, directly or via special envoys. The second step is negotiation. Ready to negotiate? If politics is all about negotiations… You propose something, I propose something, and we talk and we move forward – ‘I agree with this, not with that’ – fine, but you move forward.” – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
Critics of Maduro have argued that previous dialogue sessions have allowed the ruling party to stall, without making any major concessions on key issues.