A minority group of opposition parties in Venezuela agreed on 16 September to enter Norway-mediated negotiations with President Nicolas Maduro‘s government, by setting up a “national table”.

The European Union welcomed the move, and expressed its belief that a political negotiated solution is the only peaceful way out of the crisis.

“However, to succeed and be trusted, it’s important that any negotiated process has the necessary political representatives, the backing of the National Assembly, as well as the clear political objective of bringing the country to credible presidential elections”, the Union said in a statement.

The Union reiterated its support to an inclusive, serious and results oriented process such as the one undertaken by Norway:

“The EU will consider the appropriate measures at its disposal to foster the restoration of democracy, rule of law and human rights in Venezuela”, the statement reads.