Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

EU Sentenced to Failure for following Opposition, Says Maduro

EU Sentenced to Failure for following Opposition, Says Maduro

"Instead of trying to accommodate Maduro through contact groups or dialogue, we urge countries to recognize Juan Guaido as interim president and join us in responding to his call for immediate worldwide humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of the Venezuelan people", Abrams said.

Maduro says Venezuela isn't a nation of "beggars", despite the economy spiralling into its worst-ever crisis and three million Venezuelans fleeing overseas over the past five years.

Venezuela's dire situation has fuelled a political crisis that has peaked over the last month with Guaido invoking a constitutional provision to declare himself the legitimate, interim president.

Under Maduro's direction, Venezuela has descended into economic chaos marked by hyperinflation, recession and shortages of basic necessities, including food and medicine.

To be effective, this aid must be allowed to enter Venezuela to reach those in need.

A few trucks of food and medicines are now blocked on the Colombian border.

At a news conference on the border between Colombia and Venezuela, Toledo stood beside a vast warehouse filled with white plastic sacks of rice, beans and sugar labeled "from the American people".

The talks involve European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and are spearheaded by Mexico and Uruguay, two of the only Latin American countries not to have recognized Guaido other than Maduro allies such as Cuba.

"We will succeed in letting the humanitarian aid in, because it's about saving lives", Guaido posted on his official Twitter feed.

Guaido says the May 2018 vote in which Maduro won a second term as president was a sham and on January 23 invoked a constitutional provision to declare himself president, promising free and fair elections.

The U.S. has revoked visas for members of Venezuela's Constituent Assembly amid an ongoing push to ramp up pressure on Caracas, the special envoy for Venezuela said Thursday.

Most Latin American and European countries also support Venezuelan opposition claims the Maduro government is now illegitimate, after it barred most opposition candidates from running in last year's election.

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton first raised alarm about deploying US forces to the region when he carried a notepad with a handwritten notation saying "5,000 troops to Colombia" during a news briefing about Venezuela oil sanctions. On the other hand, Maduro said that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lied in recent statements about the presence of members of Hezbollah and in Venezuela, 'it is totally false, ' he said. "This is a macabre game, you see?" It's a message of humiliation to the people.

"You don't feed a country with humanitarian aid", Francisco Rodriguez, chief economist at Torino Economics in NY, said in an interview this week.

He told the cheering crowd: 'We will keep going until we achieve our objective'.

Aerial view of the Tienditas Bridge, in the border between Cucuta, Colombia and Tachira, Venezuela, after Venezuelan military forces blocked it with containers on February 6, 2019.

Guaido called Wednesday on the conscience of Venezuela's military - which has so far been loyal to the government - to permit aid into the country from Colombia, which is run by a right-wing government critical of Maduro. He argues Maduro was re-elected previous year in a sham election.

White House officials have clarified the USA objective in Venezuela is the peaceful transfer of power.

"I am not only saying that Maduro is a threat to the maintenance of peace of the region", he said.

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