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UN chief willing to broker end to Venezuela crisis

AFP  |  United Nations 

Antonio has renewed his offer to help an end to the crisis in during talks with the country's

met with in on MONDAY, at the request of Caracas, as the standoff between and hardened.

The has called for serious political negotiations between the two sides to prevent a slide toward more violence in the South American country.

"The reaffirmed that his offer of good offices to both parties remains available for serious negotiation to help the country out of the present standoff for the benefit of the people of Venezuela," said UN

Guaido declared himself last month and has since been recognised by some 50 countries, including the

and China, however, continue to back Maduro as do some African countries, creating a global split that has left the UN in a quandary.

Last week, the UN said he would not join in any initiative promoted by groups of nations to ensure the credibility of his offer of "good offices." has insisted that both sides must request his mediation before he can step into the fray.

UN diplomats said the was ready to hold talks but it remained unclear if Guaido would accept a UN role.

is in the midst of a disastrous economic crisis marked by hyperinflation, recession and dire shortages of and medicines.

The opposition blames Maduro for the meltdown, accusing him of corruption and of rigging elections to stay in power.

The political and economic crises have driven 2.3 million Venezuelans from their homes, according to UN estimates.

The has presented to the a draft resolution that would call for presidential elections, triggering a counter-proposal from that criticizes attempts to intervene in

No vote is scheduled for those proposed resolutions.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 10:45 IST