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USA warns Venezuela of new "measures" after "tragic" Saturday

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  • Mon, 02/25/2019 - 17:44
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Alfonso Fernández

Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, warned on Sunday that the US will take "measures" against Venezuela after the "tragic" day on Saturday, while reminding that "all options are on the table", in reference to military intervention.

Precisely, the US Vice President, Mike Pence, traveled to Colombia to participate in the conference of the Lima Group on Monday, where he met with the interim president of the Venezuelan Parliament, Juan Guaidó, who proclaimed himself as interim president of his country and to whom EE .US. recognizes as legitimate.

"All the options are on the table, we are going to do the things that are necessary to ensure (...) that democracy prevails and that there is a brighter future for the people of Venezuela", Pompeo said in an interview at the Fox chain, when he was asked about the possibility of a military intervention.

Pompeo affirmed that this Saturday was a "tragic day" for Venezuela when commenting on the clashes between opposition and government forces on the borders with Colombia and Brazil, which left several dead and dozens injured.

"We are going to take action, there are more sanctions that can be applied, more humanitarian assistance that I think we can offer", said the head of US diplomacy, without offering more details, later in another interview with CNN.

Even more aggressive was the tone of Republican senator Marco Rubio, who published in his Twitter account and in apparent reference to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, two photographs of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, one during his stay in power and another bloodied before he was executed by opponents in 2011.

Tension has soared in Venezuela this weekend after clashes between opposition and government forces at the border, when trying to bring trucks with international humanitarian assistance into the country.

Maduro on Saturday prevented the entry of aid requested by Guaidó, head of Parliament and who was proclaimed on January 23 last president of that country and was recognized by some 50 nations, including Brazil, Colombia and the United States.

The Venezuelan president criticized Colombia's "submission" to the US empire, and decided to break "all kinds of relations" with that country, a gesture that is little more than symbolic given that the Colombian government has already affirmed that it does not recognize Maduro as the leader of the neighboring country.

For his part, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, replied to the US on Sunday that it is "desperate" looking for a "pretext for war".

"Secretary Pompeo and his assassins are desperate to make a pretext for war, today the operation went wrong, if you want to locate those who burned the truck with false humanitarian aid, look for it among their employees", said Arreaza in his account of Twitter.

The Venezuelan opposition, which declared a humanitarian crisis in the country due to the shortage of medicines and food that has been registered for five years, accuses the Bolivarian National Police of this fire, after they did not allow the entry of donations stored in the Colombian city of Cúcuta.

Last Thursday, the White House announced Pence's participation in the Group of Lima meeting in Bogota. In it, the representative of the US government, expressed the "unbreakable support" of his country to Guaidó as "interim president"and insisted that "the time has come" for Maduro "to leave".

On this occasion, Venezuela represented, for the first time, by Guiadó himself, who on Saturday was in Cúcuta leading the frustrated shipment of humanitarian aid to his country and this Sunday he moved to Bogota for the meeting on Monday.

The Group of Lima, created in the Peruvian capital in 2017 with the purpose of finding solutions to the crisis in Venezuela, had a block of 14 nations in its beginnings: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Guyana and Saint Lucia, plus the United States as an external collaborator.

Mexico recently left the Group, which has been disengaged from the initiative since the arrival of the leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the end of last year.

Source-EFE

 

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