UPDATE: UN calls for dialogue in Venezuela standoff
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — : U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is stressing again that the only way the political conflict in Venezuela can be resolved is through political dialogue.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric noted reports that opposition leader Juan Guaido returned without incident to Caracas today. Guaido said he came back to renew his campaign to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
Dujarric said U.N. officials "obviously remain very concerned about the situation in Venezuela".
And he said it's important that "all political actors in Venezuela and abroad make all efforts to lower tensions".
Guterres has offered to help mediate if both Guaido and Maduro seek U.N. assistance.
Dujarric said the U.N. is continuing to watch the situation closely.