China backs multinational efforts, calls for talks to end Venezuela crisis

Saul Bowman
February 10, 2019

So far the Venezuelan armed forces have mostly kept loyal to Maduro, who has repeatedly claimed his compatriots are ready to repel any foreign-led aggression.

Speaking in its inaugural meeting in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, the EU-backed International Contact Group on Venezuela said overly forceful intervention could aggravate the crisis in the country.

The Venezuelan military has barricaded the Tienditas International Bridge, close to the border with Colombia, to stop aid coming into a country plagued by food and medicine shortages.

The United States invaded Grenada in 1983 and Panama in 1989, two small Latin American countries, with limited military operations. A number of countries, including the United States, have accused Maduro of stealing the election.

In tears, he described how his wife was unable to get treatment in Venezuela and that by the time they were able to see a doctor in Colombia, her illness had significantly progressed.

Maduro has refused the aid, disavowing any humanitarian crisis and saying Venezuela is not a country of beggars.

What Whitaker did not say is that the U.S. government will not deliver any of these supplies to starving Venezuelans unless the Venezuelan military rebels against their commander-in-chief. "The other practical problem we face is that, given the sanctions, we should no longer manage Venezuela from the United States ... but from Europe".

Maduro also repudiated a statement issued by the International Contact Group on Venezuela.

Guaido launched a bid to oust Maduro last month, declaring himself the interim president.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro slammed that as an attempted coup and severed diplomatic ties with the US.

Mr Pouyanne continued: "We chose to evacuate all of our personnel from Venezuela given the current situation" adding that the evacuation process had begun more than a week ago.

"Dear military personnel, this aid is also for you. here comes food for your children, here comes medicine for the people who are suffering", he said.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido has been recognized by the U.S.

The 35-year-old Guaido caused shockwaves in Venezuelan politics on January 23 when he declared himself acting president, a move quickly backed by the U.S. and subsequently around 40 countries.

Maduro, who last weekend rejected an European Union ultimatum to organize snap presidential elections, said he would welcome the mission.

Scott noted Cuba had sent military troops to Venezuela to defend Maduro.

Alleging that the Maduro administration is illegitimate, opposition leader Juan Guaido, who was head of the National Assembly, declared himself interim president during an anti-government rally on January 23. "You're deaf... They've taken extremist positions".

"I think it is very risky, because it means that the actions that they propose are far out of proportion of, you know, really what is necessary to preserve us security interests", said Alexander Main, a Latin America political analyst and director of International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington.

Guaido agrees that no-one will come to Maduro's rescue.

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