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Lima Group calls upon the National Armed Forces of Venezuela to demonstrate their loyalty to Guaidó

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  • Mon, 02/04/2019 - 23:38
Grupo de Lima
  • EFE

Lima Group on Monday called upon the National Armed Forces of Venezuela to demonstrate their loyalty to the Venezuelan Parliament's leader, Juan Guaidó, that last January 23 proclaimed himself president of the country.

"We call on the Venezuelan National Armed Forces to demonstrate their loyalty to the president in charge, and we urge them not to impede entry and transit of humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans," the Lima Group said in its joint statement at the end of an emergency meeting.

Just today, the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced during the opening of the meeting the concession of 53 million Canadian dollars (about 39 million US dollars) of humanitarian assistance for Venezuelans.

Trudeu explained that the assistance will be destined to "cover the most pressing needs, including immigrants, and refugees."

Of that figure, 18 million Canadian dollars (one 13.3 million US dollars) will go to "Governments affected by migration so they can absorb the burden of providing services to the growing population."

In the final declaration, the Lima Group reiterated its "recognition and support" for Guaidó as president in charge of Venezuela and called on the international community to provide him "his strongest support to establish a democratic transition government in Venezuela."

The Lima Group also condemned "the persistent and serious human rights violations committed in Venezuela" and rejected "the violence and repression against popular demonstrations by the security forces."

On the other hand, the alliance urged the international community to prevent "the (Nicolas) Maduro's regime from conducting financial and commercial transactions abroad, having access to its international assets, and working together in both oil and gold."

The coalition did not address, however, the possibility of military intervention in Venezuela, according to statements by the British Minister for Europe and America, Alan Duncan, who attended the meeting.

The Group of Lima, formed by Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru, together with Mexico that has not participated, has met today in Ottawa with the objective of increasing the pressure on the Nicolas Maduro's Executive to leave power. 

Source-EFE

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