The indefinite suspension of talks in Nicaragua has generated concern and uncertainty within a large portion of the population, who see a national dialogue as the only way to reestablish peace and stability in the country, reported Prensa Latina.

The nation’s Episcopal Conference, mediating talks between the Daniel Ortega administration and the opposition, unilaterally decided to suspend the dialogue in the wake of continued violence, which it blames on government supporters, despite the fact that the Presidency has repeatedly denied the accusations. According to the Catholic Church hierarchy, conditions do not exist at this time to continue the talks between the government and sectors of the opposition who have incited violence and barricaded highways to pressure the President.

In a communiqué presented by Foreign Minister Denis Moncada, the government of national reconciliation and unity condemned vandalism and violence generated by opposition groups with specific agendas in violation of the law, while also denouncing false accusations of alleged “attacks” on protestors, used as a pretext to slander the forces of public order.

He insisted that no shock forces or paramilitary groups linked to the Presidency exist in the country, rejecting any attempts to blame the government for the tragic events.

“With all due respect, we ask authorities coordinating the national dialogue effort to call for calm and an end to violence, in order to continue working for security, justice, and peace,” he stated.

Since his past April 18, Nicaragua has faced spiraling violence that began with protests against government reforms of the social security system. These quickly escalated into violent confrontations and vandalism.

In the opinion of observers, the reforms were used as a pretext by opposition forces to launch a plan orchestrated from abroad to destabilize the country and overthrow the Daniel Ortega government.