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Venezuela's Opposition Debates New Tactics as Diplomats Race to Defuse Crisis

May 07, 2019

 After the failure of last week’s plot to oust President Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s opposition and its foreign backers are debating a new approach: extending an offer to senior government and military officials to join a post-Maduro transitional government — while also heightening the threat of U.S.-led intervention.

As the political crisis here deepened Tuesday, diplomatic activity was rapidly accelerating, particularly among nations concerned over the growing U.S. drumbeat on military options...

Maduro loyalists “will need some kind of incentive to move from supporting the regime,” said a Canadian official familiar with the talks, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. “There are some people we are willing to do that with, and some we would absolutely be unwilling to do that with.”

At the same time, diplomatic and other efforts were escalating. Vice President Pence, in a speech Tuesday to the Americas Society, announced that the United States was lifting all sanctions against Gen. Manuel Cristopher Figuera, the former military intelligence chief who broke last week with Maduro...

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