Venezuela's president rejects damning United Nations report

Venezuela govt opposition agree to pursue crisis talks

Venezuela govt opposition agree to pursue crisis talks

Venezuela's president denounced the latest UN Human Rights report on his government, saying it is fraught with "false statements and distortions".

Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said at a press conference on Saturday that the opposition leader Juan Guaido's bodyguards, detained earlier in the day over suspected theft of state-owned weaponry, used the stolen guns during the failed coup in April and then meant to sell them. Guado said that they were taken into custody while they were providing security for his family as he was travelling.

Syriza also said the decision "reveals ignorance of processes, as there is no common European Union position recognising Juan Guaido as interim president", and urged the government to continue to support Mogherini's statements, the Oslo talks and European Union initiatives through the International Contact Group - as the government's statement said it did - "without sacrificing its role as pillar of peace and stability".

President Maduro is hoping the United States will ease economic sanctions against his government in return for pursuing a diplomatic resolution to Venezuela's crisis.

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Ultimately, the group said its outlook for underlying pre-tax profits for the full year was now below its previous expectations. It reported a "strong" balance sheet, having agreed a new £250m revolving credit facility to March 2022.

Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said in a televised statement that the alleged attempt to sell weapons while negotiating with the government was a sign of deceit from the opposition.

More than 4 million Venezuelans have fled to neighboring countries as the crisis has grown.

The government delegation said both sides discussed a new presidential election and other issues. Maduro's government has nevertheless clung to power thanks to the continued support of the military.

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