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Pompeo Urges International Support for Venezuelan Opposition Leader

Anti-Maduro demonstrators gather as one holds a poster of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido Pompeo Urges International Support for Venezuelan Opposition Leader
Bennie Garza | 27 January, 2019, 08:24

The United States urged all nations Saturday to end Venezuela's "nightmare" and support opposition leader Juan Guaido while Russian Federation accused the Trump administration of attempting "to engineer a coup d'etat" against President Nicolas Maduro - a reflection of the world's deep divisions over the crisis in the South American country.

Venezuelan opposition sympathisers had been urging Guaido to assume the presidency since Maduro was inaugurated for a second term on January 10.

But Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Venezuela doesn't threaten global peace and security and accused "extremist opponents" of Maduro's legitimate government of choosing "maximum confrontation", including the artificial creation of a parallel government.

France and Britain on Saturday joined Spain and Germany to turn up the pressure on Maduro, saying they would follow the U.S. and others in recognizing Guaido unless Venezuela calls new presidential elections within eight days.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, addressing the Security Council session, urged all nations to "stand with the forces of freedom" and back Guaido.

However, Jerusalem is said to be stalling on an announcement amid concerns the Maduro regime could respond with measures that could imperil members of the Venezuelan Jewish community. The Security Council's five veto-wielding permanent members could not unite behind a statement on Venezuela, presenting widely differing texts.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini reiterated Brussels' call for Venezuela to hold free, transparent and credible presidential elections, adding that failure to do so would prompt further action by the EU.

European powers, after cautious initial statements, on Saturday warned that they will recognise Guaido unless Maduro calls elections within eight days.

Maduro has stood firm in the face of this week's demonstrations against his rule, winning the endorsement of key military leaders and vowing to defeat what he calls a US -backed coup against his government.

Noting that "the situation in Venezuela belongs to the domestic affairs of that country", Ma said it "does not constitute a threat to global peace and security and it is not on the agenda of the Security Council". "Where do you get that you have the power to establish a deadline or an ultimatum to a sovereign people".

A small group of just over a dozen people waved signs at drivers, with slogans like "No Coup!" and "Canada, hands off Venezuela".

"There continues to be progress in the European Union for the recognition and full support of our legitimate and constitutional struggle", he tweeted.

She also voiced belief that aggression by the United States and its allies was the main threat for peace and security in Latin America.

Guaido celebrated Silva's decision to defect.

"The Venezuelan people must be able to freely decide their future", Macron said.

Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro in which he declared himself the country's 'acting president, ' on the anniversary of a 1958 uprising that overthrew a military dictatorship, in Caracas on January 23, 2019. Moscow opposes the USA efforts and has accused Washington of backing a coup attempt, placing Venezuela at the heart of a growing geopolitical duel.

But support for Maduro's rule is weaker among the military's rank and file, whose households are suffering from widespread food shortages and hyperinflation like their civilian counterparts. The uprising was quelled and 25 guardsmen arrested.

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