(AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra). Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro show their backing during a rally near the congress building, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Nov, 1, 2016.
With the mediation of the Vatican and the Union of South American Nations, the two sides agreed after hours-long talks which ended before dawn on an agenda that includes a new meeting next month.
Spain's RTVE, meanwhile, reported that its correspondent in Colombia, Nuria Ramos, and her team had been detained on arrival at the airport in Caracas, where they traveled to cover the talks between the government and opposition.
CARACAS Venezuelas opposition MUD alliance concluded its strategy meeting on Sunday without reaching agreement on a common negotiating position, but sources close to the group told EFE that it could still participate in the Vatican-mediated dialogue with the Nicolas Maduro government slated to start in the evening at a Caracas hotel.
The talks come as the opposition is stepping up its campaign to force Maduro from office.
Although he has threatened to arrest legislators if they go ahead with the trial, Maduro said on 31 October that he has an "absolute commitment" to holding a dialogue with the opposition.
Borges told reporters that in response to the Roman Catholic Church's mediation attempt, the opposition would delay the trial pending the next round of exploratory talks on November 11.
Best-known of the men is Carlos Melo, leader of a small party in the Democratic Unity opposition alliance who was held for two months. Opposition leaders complained that Melo, 65, spent more than six weeks in the basement jail of SEBIN secret police despite a release order.
According to Alfredo Romero, director of the Venezuelan Penal Forum, there are still 111 political prisoners in the country, including the popular opposition leader Leopoldo López. Its executive secretary, Jesus Torrealba, called the releases "important but insufficient".
"The releases have to continue". But it demanded that the government release around 100 jailed opposition activists and bring forward the next presidential election - conditions that are likely to meet with significant resistance from government leaders.
Melo told Colombia's Radio Blu that he believed global pressure contributed to the releases. Last night meeting was attended by the President of the Bolivarian Republic, Nicolas Maduro and the global observers Monsignor Claudio Maria Celli, special envoy of Pope Francis; Ernesto Samper, general secretary of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), and Rodriguez Zapatero, Fernandez and Torrijos. The deeply unpopular president governs by decree, the opposition-dominated National Assembly has been shut out of the decision-making process, the judicial system is under the control of the president, opposition media outlets have been harassed and shut down, and-as the recent declaration on the referendum showed-even the electoral council is in the pocket of the government.