After weeks of dismissing persistent calls by Caracas to resume dialogue, US-backed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has agreed to talks in Barbados, while still calling President Nicolas Maduro a “usurper” who must go.
Guaido, who declared himself ‘interim president’ of Venezuela in January and has since enlisted the support of the US and its allies in his quest to topple Maduro, announced last Sunday that he would send his representatives to talks with Caracas that are scheduled in Barbados.
He had previously vehemently opposed any attempts by Maduro to rekindle the stalled dialogue, saying as recently that there is “never a good moment” to talk with the other side, while branding the Maduro cabinet members “kidnappers” and “human rights violators.”
While he has now agreed to resume the talks, brokered by Norway, Guaido still has only one goal in mind: “negotiating the departure of the dictatorship,” which should be followed by the creation of a caretaker government and snap elections.
This has been the demand of Guaido and his backers since day one, and the opposition has attempted drastic measures to achieve it before: the coup attempt on April 30 ended in a fiasco, fizzling out within 24 hours due to a lack of support from the Venezuelan military, which Guaido believed would defect to his side en masse.