President Nicolas Maduro’s government and Venezuela’s main opposition group agreed on Tuesday to begin talks intended to halt the nation’s worst political unrest in a decade. Representatives of the Vatican and South American regional bloc Unasur will mediate, both sides said. Clashes between security forces and pro-government militants on one side, and hooded opposition demonstrators blocking streets on the other, have killed 39 people since mid-February, according to official figures. The dead have included government supporters, opponents, and members of the security forces.
Very interesting politics here. That the Vatican is stepping in to mediate should serve as a sign of its power and influence. Whether it is successful is quite another story.
Venezuela government and foes talk; Vatican to mediate