CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Negotiators from Venezuela’s government and the opposition agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission tasked with investigating who’s to blame for 41 deaths tied to weeks of political unrest.
The compromise was announced following hours of negotiations that took place Tuesday night behind closed doors in what both sides described as a much-needed if torturous attempt at dialogue in a nation polarized by 15 years of socialist rule.
Heading into Tuesday’s talks the government had insisted that any probing of the protests be led by Congress, which it dominates. But it partially met the opposition’s demands for an independent commission by agreeing to include national figures trusted by both sides.
Talks that began last week are being sponsored by the Vatican as well as three South American nations.