The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, launched the National Peace Conference in the Presidential Palace of Miraflores with a call for a “broad and tolerant” dialogue between all sectors of the country in front of a wide spectrum of national society but that did not count with the presence of the opposition alliance.
Accompanied by the President of the National Assembly Parliament (AN), the governing Diosdado Cabello and Cabinet attended by religious leaders, entrepreneurs and artists, among others, the Chief Executive thanked all and held out the hand to the members of the absentee Democratic Unity table (MUD, opposition).
The MUD announced on the morning of Wednesday, February 26, their refusal to attend the Conference, considering that the invitation was a “simulacrum of dialogue” which may not be.
Maduro proposed before yielding the speaking time to the participants the creation of a Commission of “coordination and liaison” of “all of us that have convened today here”.
In addition he proposed at least three “key” points and ranging from respect for the Constitution “on all sides”, through “lifting the outbreaks of violence that exist in the country” and ending with “the defense of our country before the intervention (…) and the defense of our sovereignty.”