Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Controversial subject: Venezuela's Guaido won't rule out authorizing US intervention

Controversial subject: Venezuela's Guaido won't rule out authorizing US intervention

Earlier, Maduro vowed not to let in "fake humanitarian aid" and claimed Venezuela's crisis has been "fabricated by Washington" to justify intervention.

Maduro, 56, blames shortages of food and medicine on USA sanctions, which mostly target regime individuals as well as state oil company PDVSA.

Hua's statement came after Thursday's meeting on Venezuela of an International Contact Group led by Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez. "But on the inside it brings the poison of humiliation", Maduro said on Friday.

On Wednesday, one truck tank and two containers were set up at the Tienditas Bridge crossing between Venezuela and Colombia, where the aid is now stored, blocking access to Venezuela.

In an effort to encourage defections from Venezuela's elected President Nicolas Maduro, the Trump administration is reportedly holding secret talks with members of the Venezuelan military as top US cabinet officials continue to issue aggressive threats and push for regime change.

He has called for another street protest on Tuesday to keep up the pressure on Maduro, who is backed by China, Russia, Turkey and leftist regional allies Cuba and Bolivia.

"It tries to cover up what is the biggest crime committed, the crime of stealing resources through the blockade and the sanctions of the United States government on Venezuela".

Guaido says the constitution allows him to assume power, set up a transitional government and hold new elections - one of his key demands that has received widespread global support.

The former political prisoner, who lives with his family in an upscale Caracas suburb and spoke exclusively to The Post last week, refused to be identified for fear of being rounded up by roving bands of paramilitaries sent by "an increasingly desperate Maduro" to crack down on opposition, he said.

He claims his legitimacy from the constitution, but Maduro - labeled a dictator by the West and his Latin American neighbors - insists his re-election a year ago was constitutional.

He has dismissed Maduro as illegitimate over his reelection last May in polls branded a fraud by the US, EU and many Latin American countries.

Consultants Eurasia Group predicted on Thursday that Maduro "will be unable to sustain his regime".

It would be understandable if foreign states simply call for new economic and fiscal policies in Venezuela, the end of oppression and the denial of basic human rights and even propose holding fresh elections if there are grounds for disputing the credibility and fairness of the elected president.

The International Contact Group urged "free, transparent and credible presidential elections" in Venezuela "as soon as possible" to find a peaceful solution to the power struggle between Maduro and Guaido. Venezuela's chief military attache to the United States also said he was defecting late last month.

-Question: Would you receive emissaries of the International Contact Group seeking a negotiated solution?

In a televised address Friday, Maduro said he did not agree to the content of the statement, and its "partisan and ideological nature".

Like this: