Guaido renews appeal to Venezuela military

28 January, 2019, 02:24 | Author: Corey Lynch
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"Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Maduro and his mayhem", United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the United Nations Security Council on Saturday, according to Reuters World.

The United States accepted interim President Juan Guaido's designation of Carlos Alfredo Vecchio as the Charge d'Affaires of the Government of Venezuela to the United States on January 25.

Pompeo's statement says Vecchio met with Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, who reaffirmed the administration's strong support for Guaido.

Colonel Jose Luis Silva declared himself a supporter of Guaido, saying: "He is the only legitimate president".

The European Union "will take further actions" if new elections are not called in Venezuela in the coming days, EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said.

Maduro said the display showed the world he has the backing of the military, and that Venezuela's armed forces are ready to defend the country.

Guaido quickly welcomed the support from the European powerhouses.

Britain, Germany, France and Spain all said they would recognize Guaido if Maduro failed to call fresh elections within eight days, an ultimatum Russian Federation said was "absurd" and the Venezuelan foreign minister called "childlike".

Rubio has expressed support for Guaidó, who declared himself as Venezuela's interim president last week and has been recognized as such by a number of nations that oppose the Maduro regime.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro oversaw a display of the army's Russian hardware on Sunday, with anti-aircraft flak and tank rounds pounding a hillside to show military force and loyalty in the face of an global ultimatum to call fresh elections.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser is sending a new warning to the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet that "the Venezuelan people must be able to freely decide on their future".

He "asked the Lord to seek and find a just and peaceful solution to overcome the crisis that respects human rights and exclusively seeks the good of all people".

Israel on Sunday joined a growing list of countries led by the United States that back Guaido's claim to the presidency on the basis that Maduro's second-term election victory was fraudulent.

Sanchez insisted that Spain, which has some 200,000 of its nationals living in Venezuela, is "not looking to impose or remove governments in Venezuela, we want democracy and free elections in Venezuela".

It follows similar decisions by the US, Canada, Germany and a number of South American nations, amid calls for President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

During the debate, which was requested by the U.S., Pompeo urged all nations to end Venezuela's "nightmare" and to support Guaido.

Russia's UN Ambassador, Vasily Nebenzya, rejected that view, saying the United States was imposing its own "approaches and recipes" to resolve the problems on the ground in Venezuela. Maduro has since backed down and has agreed to 30 days to finalize the diplomats' roles in Venezuela.



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