Venezuela: Vatican to mediate talks

Pope Francis shakes hands with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a meeting at the Vatican June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Andreas Solaro/Pool

El País reports that

The Vatican confirmed in a letter sent in August it was prepared to help facilitate dialogue between Venezuela’s ruling party and forces opposed to the presidency of Nicolás Maduro.

While the opposition says that

“We are prepared to talk with anyone as long as the time frames for a referendum on a change of president in Venezuela are respected,”

the fact remains that any “talks” will favor the regime, since it buys it time.

Once the Vatican-approved “talks” (much like the Cuba-U.S. easement, and the FARC-Colombian government negotiations) start, the opposition would be pretty much coerced into continuing “talking”, regardless of the referendum time frame.

The problem is, the country is in a crisis such that only further oppression will continue the regime. For instance,

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