A moderate-leaning opposition group has invited Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to talks over the crisis in the South American nation.
Head of the Democratic Unity group, Ramon Aveledo, made the call before the representatives of the Union of South American Nations-- Unasur. He said his group was ready for a transparent and fair dialog with the help of national or foreign mediators. Venezuela has seen nearly two months of nationwide protests which initially broke out over high inflation rates and rampant unemployment. The opposition has been blaming Caracas for violently suppressing protesters. Maduro on his part has repeatedly accused the opposition of planning a coup against his government with support from other countries like the US.