Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

Venezuela's Guaido won't rule out authorizing US intervention

Venezuela's Guaido won't rule out authorizing US intervention

In response, Maduro announced he was severing "diplomatic and political" ties with the USA, ordering all the US diplomatic and consular personnel to leave the country in 72 hours. The group, made up of European Union and Latin American nations, has called for a peaceful end to Venezuela's political crisis, preferably in the form of elections.

Mr Guaido, the country's National Assembly chief, says the May 2018 vote in which Mr Maduro won a second six-year term was a sham.

But a US military intervention in Venezuela could fracture support from Latin American counties that have been critical of past USA interventions in the region and could bolster Maduro's image in Venezuela as a sympathetic and anti-imperialist leader.

"The Maduro regime must LET THE AID REACH THE STARVING PEOPLE", Pompeo said in a tweet.

At Maduro's request, Pope Francis said he would be willing to mediate but only if both parties were willing.

Maduro appeared on state TV Wednesday evening wearing a white lab coat demonstrating what he considers Venezuela's modern health care system in clinics countrywide - without mentioning attempts to block medical supplies at the border.

The socialist president "could accept negotiations in exchange for the lifting of sanctions and relaxing of global pressure", according to Ernesto Pascual, political scientist at the Open University of Catalonia.

The Times noted that there were other border roadways that were open where vehicles could cross, calling the blockade "a show of defiance by the government of President Nicolas Maduro".

The nation is "not suffering the humanitarian crisis fabricated by Washington over the last four years to justify intervening in our country", Maduro added.

Opposition leader Jose Manuel Olivares, who is in Cucuta helping coordinate the aid mission, said the idea floated by Toledo to use a mass mobilization of people to get the aid across the border is one of the strategies being considered.

Mr Guaido also dismissed Mr Maduro's claim that a civil war could break out if the United States intervenes militarily in Venezuela.

Venezuela's Foreign Ministry has denounced any global support for Guaido, suggesting that European governments were acting as part of a US-led effort to topple Maduro, who has showed no signs of relinquishing power.

This powerful photo of a bridge blocked by a tanker and shipping containers lays bare the heartbreaking reality of Venezuela's humanitarian crisis.

Guaido said Thursday he was confident his efforts to bring humanitarian aid into the country would work out. He was arrested last month after he entered Venezuela clandestinely from Colombia.

Any military intervention would require consensus, unlikely to be forthcoming, according to Pascual, given the precedents of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Senators Marco Rubio (Florida-Republican) and Lindsey Graham, (South Carolina-Republican), two key lawmakers that support increasing diplomatic economic sanctions against the Maduro government, have been reluctant to advocate for military intervention.

"The risk exists", says Leon.

The dire situation has fueled a political crisis that has peaked over the last month with opposition leader Juan Guaido invoking a constitutional provision to declare himself the legitimate president. Listen well John Bolton, here is the response of the armed forces to your so-called coup-makers. He suggested Guaido's offer was still too vague.

The possible use of USA military force to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro raises concerns about the possible costs in lives and unintended consequences that may come from committing American troops to fight and die in another foreign conflict.

Guaido said the military has to decide whether to "take the side of the constitution" or to "continue on the side of an increasingly isolated dictator".

A day after the U.S. aid convoy arrived in the border city of Cucuta, Maduro ridiculed the Americans for offering small amounts of assistance while maintaining sanctions that block some $10 billion of offshore assets and revenue.

Maduro on Wednesday hit back at a tweet by U.S. national security adviser John Bolton that said "any Venezuelan senior military officer that stands for democracy and recognizes the constitutional government of President Juan Guaido" would not face United States sanctions.

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