Mediators leave Venezuela, no word on end to
Mediators leave Venezuela, apparently no solution to standoff between government, opposition
Associated Press
2014-05-20 11:22 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A South American effort to end a standoff in talks between Venezuela's government and opposition seems to have stalled for now.

The foreign ministers of Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador, along with Venezuela's papal nuncio have ended a visit to Caracas, apparently without convincing opponents of Venezuela's government to return to talks on ending the country's political crisis.

Opposition leaders backed out of the talks last week to protest mass arrests at anti-government protests.

They say they won't return to the negotiating table until the government makes progress on proposals including an amnesty for jailed activists and a non-partisan truth commission to probe at least 42 deaths since anti-government protests began in February.

The mediators distributed a statement Tuesday saying they are willing to continue helping build a dialogue.

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