Police arrest activists squatting in Venezuelan Embassy

Police arrest activists squatting in Venezuelan Embassy

Maduro on Thursday made no direct reference to the meetings, but said Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez was "on a very important mission for peace in the country... in Europe".

"We are going to protect it even more because Venezuela complies with worldwide conventions and global law", Maduro said of the USA embassy, calling inhabitants of the White House "brutes" and "criminals".

In a letter to the Transportation Department requesting the halt, the Department of Homeland Security said: "conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew traveling to or from that country".

The Venezuelan opposition has rejected that possibility in the past, accusing Maduro of using talks as a distraction as he consolidated his power.

Norway confirmed the talks and expressed hope for a peaceful solution.

With the military support seen as key, Guaido tried to incite an uprising against Maduro on April 30 but only about 30 members of the armed forces joined him.

Juan Guaido, left, said Venezuela's opposition won't enter into any "false negotiation" with President Nicolas Maduro.

Canada's foreign minister met with her Cuban counterpart in Havana on Thursday to discuss the political crisis in Cuba's long-time ally Venezuela and other issues after the island's Communist government said it was willing to help mediate.

Maduro calls Guaido a USA puppet who is trying to foment a coup.

Today, Venezuela's Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Jorge Valero confirmed that talks are now taking place in Oslo, Norway between two representatives of the Maduro government and three representatives of the opposition, whose putative leader is phony "President" Juan Guaidó.

Opposition leader Julio Borges, appointed as Guaido's representative before the Lima Group, initially denied that any talks were taking place before acknowledging that the reports were true.

Some Venezuelans also expressed concern about the impact of the ban on people receiving food and other provisions via cargo planes from relatives overseas to help them weather a humanitarian crisis.

Speaking to reporters in Caracas, Guaido confirmed reports that National Assembly vice president Stalin Gonzalez and former lawmaker Gerardo Blyde represented the opposition in Norway.

Venezuela's future is in limbo, as its embattled president continues to fend off a national movement for regime change.

Valero gave no more specific details about the Norway talks.

He noted that this was not the first time Oslo served as a mediator in a conflict in Latin America, referring to the country's efforts to broker peace between the Colombian government and FARC left-wing rebels between 2010 and 2016.

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