Maduro rejects montevideo document

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Added On February 11, 2019

 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has rejected a document issued in Uruguay's Montevideo by the International Contact Group on Venezuela.

 
At the same time, Maduro invited the group's envoy to Venezuela for talks.
 
Maduro said the document, signed by a majority of the group, with the exception of Mexico and Bolivia, is biased in its recommendations on how to overcome Venezuela's political crisis.
 
He also invited the group's envoy to Venezuela for talks.
 
 
SOUNDBITE?(SPANISH): NICOLAS MADURO, Venezuelan President:
 
"We do not agree on the content of the document. We reject the partisanship, the ideologization of the Contact Group document. But I am ready and prepared to receive any envoy from the Contact Group and to establish contact."
 
The International Contact Group on Venezuela gathers the EU and 13 Latin American and European countries.
 
It issued a declaration following its first meeting on Thursday, in which it backed a new round of presidential elections in Venezuela as the right-wing opposition has been demanding.
Maduro also voiced his willingness to take part in the Montevideo Mechanism "to sign agreements for peace in Venezuela."
 
The Montevideo Mechanism is a four-step plan proposed by Uruguay and Mexico to promote dialogue between the government and opposition groups to find a solution to the political crisis.
 
The power struggle between Venezuela's ruling party and Washington-backed conservative groups deepened last month after the head of the National Assembly, opposition leader Juan Guaido, proclaimed himself interim president.
 
The White House immediately recognized Guaido, and the EU soon followed.