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Venezuela opposition resumes talks with government
Venezuela's opposition resumes talks with government amid rising doubts
Associated Press
2014-04-16 03:01 AM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's opposition is resuming negotiations with the government amid rising doubts the talks will produce a breakthrough.

Tuesday's closed-door meeting is hosted by Vice President Jorge Arreaza and it's aimed at designing a framework for future talks.

The opposition wants President Nicolas Maduro's government to free jailed opponents and create an independent truth commission to determine responsibility for 41 deaths tied to protests that have rocked the nation since February.

The opposition says talks could break down if the socialist leader refuses to discuss such issues.

Tuesday's meeting follows six-hours of speeches last week that drew record TV ratings as Venezuelans tuned in past midnight to watch the two sides air their differences in a rare display of civility after years of rancorous polarization.

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