By Gregory Wilpert
GREG WILPERT It’s The Real News Network and I’m Greg Wilpert in Baltimore. As the standoff between the government of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on one side, and the opposition and the United States on the other side deepens, the effort to find a solution through mediation continues. Just this week, the so-called international contact group of 11 countries, which includes various countries of Europe and of Latin America, met in Costa Rica for their third meeting. This group, which was launched in Uruguay last February, aims to facilitate a negotiated solution to the political crisis in Venezuela. However, no definite results have come out of this process yet. Meanwhile, Andrej Hunko, a member of Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, returned from a 10-day fact-finding trip to Venezuela last week where he met with opposition leaders, including Juan Guaido, social movement leaders, Maduro supporters, and President Maduro himself. Andrej Hunko joins us now from Berlin, Germany. He’s a member of Germany’s left party, Die Linke. Thanks for being here again, Andrej.
ANDREJ HUNKO Hi. Hi. Hello.
GREG WILPERT So let’s begin with the issue of a negotiated solution…