Venezuela opposition warns military against preventing entry of aid

Venezuela opposition warns military against preventing entry of aid

Troy Powers
February 7, 2019

One official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the aid would be prepositioned at the main Colombian-Venezuelan border crossing at Cucuta.

The tractor trailers were observed on the bridge on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Emergency supplies including medicines and high-protein foods are arriving in Cucuta this week at the request of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido But Mr Maduro is taking a defiant stance in the face of this latest challenge to his weakening authority.

The opposition, which largely boycotted the presidential elections in May, refuses to recognize Maduro's reelection win.

Canada has already contributed $2.2 million for the humanitarian crisis that's forced some three million Venezuelans from their homes, sending ripples across the region, particularly in neighbouring Brazil and Colombia which are now faced with a refugee crisis. "With ministers Néstor Ruiz Reverol and Aristóbulo Istúriz [minister of Education and vice president for social affairs], we said goodbye to the crew".

"The government of Venezuela needs to open the borders, that's it: Open the borders and let food convoys come into your country, open up your airports and let food flights fly in", said Graham, who said he spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump about the situation in December.

Canada and the Lima Group of more than a dozen North and South American countries have backed Guaido as the legitimate replacement for Maduro, who followed left-wing populist Hugo Chavez into Venezuela's presidency after Chavez's death in 2013.

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The group reaffirmed its support for Guaido and the opposition-controlled National Assembly, but rejected calls for a foreign military intervention, saying it supported a "peaceful transition".

Yon Goicoechea, a member of Guaido's policy team, told Reuters that Guaido was in contact with PDVSA's worldwide partners and they were willing to keep operating in Venezuela. The group also has managed to get a small amount of aid inside the country, which Graham called "a drop in the bucket" compared to what is needed. Jon Snow is joined by the Labour MP Chris Williamson, who like Jeremy Corbyn, has supported the Chavez and Maduro governments in Venezuela.

"Committing such a crime would give even more reason for the unified countries to ask the International Criminal Court to investigate Maduro", Trujillo told reporters after a meeting with the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro. Why should the European Union be giving ultimatums to a country?,' he said in an interview with Spanish television broadcast late on Sunday.

"The U.S will consider sanctions off-ramps for any Venezuelan senior military officer that stands for democracy and recognizes the constitutional government of President Juan Guaidó", Bolton wrote.

Analysts Eurasia Group say the humanitarian crisis "represents a lose-lose gambit for Maduro as he will either have to allow the goods to enter the country, further bolstering Guaido, or force the military to block their entry, which would likely lead to more blowback in the streets".

Some countries like Russian Federation and China have slammed foreign interference in Venezuela " s internal matters and supported Maduro as the President.