March 12, 2014
Venezuelan opposition declines Maduro's ‘Peace Conference’
Venezuela’s opposition has declined its participation in the so called ‘National Peace Conference’, sponsored by President Nicolas Maduro in the presidential palace, as marches and protests continue nationwide.
“We will not participate in a dialogue simulation which represents derision to out fellow citizens,” stated Democratic Unity Board (MUD) in a press release.
Although the opposition alliance supported the necessity for a dialogue, they assured it cannot be characterized by “frivolity and improvisation.”
In addition, MUD members defined the country situation as “serious”, and urged head of state Maduro “to confront the reality,” and establish a dialogue “without tricks or hidden cards”, under the condition of “mutual respect.”
Meanwhile, leader of “Better Future” (Futuro Mejor) opposition party, Henrique Capriles affirmed his denial to meet President Maduro.
“We received a call inviting us to the peace conference and we stand in favour of peace”, explained the candidate, “but we will not take part of a Carnival,” described Capriles.
The country is submerged in a political unrest since February 12, which included the death of at least 14 people. Therefore Maduro has invited church and opposition leaders to a "national peace conference," in an attempt to calm the violence.