The Norwegian government said it is still in contact with Venezuela’s government and opposition party about continuing talks to resolve the ongoing the political crisis in the country.
“We are in touch with them regarding the next meetings,” Dag Nylander, Norway’s chief facilitator for the talks, said in a statement.
“The facilitation continues under the principle that the parties would like it to, and that there are realistic prospects of a negotiated solution.”
On Wednesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called off the Oslo-mediated meeting in a protest over a new set of sanctions announced by President Donald Trump to freeze all the assets of the Venezuelan government in the U.S.
Maduro accused opposition leader Juan Guaido of celebrating the measures.
The Norwegian government did not set a date for the next round of talks. The talks began in May after a failed military uprising led by Guaido.
Guaido said the government’s decision to skip the talks “is evidence of its bad faith and lack of seriousness.”
“If the Oslo mechanism provides a real solution to this crisis, we will take it on,” Guaido said in a statement. “If not, we will achieve the necessary change through other mechanisms.”
Guaido, who is the chief of the opposition-held National Assembly, invoked the constitution in January calling himself interim president. He was backed by most Western democracies, including the United States.
He argued that Maduro’s 2018 re-election was illegitimate.
Maduro has refused to step down despite Venezuela’s economic collapse and U.S. sanctions on the state oil company and central bank.