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Venezuela opposition to skip planned meeting with government

Venezuela's opposition is skipping a meeting with the government and endangering ongoing talks aimed at diffusing the country's political crisis.

Opposition spokesman Jesus Torrealba said that the coalition would not attend Tuesday's meeting because the government has not fulfilled its promises.

The Vatican-mediated dialogue is aimed at steering the country away from violence as a majority of voters want President Nicolas Maduro out, and the government refuses to allow a recall referendum to proceed.

The opposition has demanded that the government release political prisoners and allow a vote.

Opposition leaders have made concessions such as suspending planned street protests and ending a symbolic impeachment effort in congress.

Torrealba says it would be "insincere" to attend the talks as if nothing had gone wrong in the mediation effort.