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US Wants UN to Revoke the Powers of the Maduro Government

WASHINGTON – US Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday called on the United Nations to revoke the powers of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government and to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate leader, CGTN reported Thursday.
He added that the United States had drafted a UN resolution and called on all states to support it.
“The time has come for the United Nations to recognize interim President Juan Guaido as the legitimate President of Venezuela and to sit on this body,” said Pence to the United Nations Security Council.
Diplomats said it was unlikely that Washington would get the support needed to adopt such a move at the 193-member UN General Assembly.
The United States and Russia have both failed in their attempts to have the 15-member Security Council adopt resolutions on Venezuela in February.
More than 50 countries have recognized Guaido as the leader of Venezuela. When asked if the United States thought they had enough support to overthrow Maduro’s government at the United Nations, Mr. Pence said, “I think momentum is on the side of freedom.”
Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, accused the United States of provoking an artificial crisis to drive out Maduro and replace him “by their own pawn”, actions he described as ” flagrant violation of international law “.
“We call on the United States to recognize once again that the Venezuelan people and other peoples have the right to decide their future,” said Nebenzia. “If you want America to be big again, and that all of us are sincerely interested, stop interfering in the affairs of other states.”
Previously, the United Nations had to deal with competing demands of other countries for representation in the global body.
Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, said he expected such a move from the United States and that Venezuela has been campaigning for months to provide support for Maduro.
“I sound like an alert … there is another clear attempt to undermine our rights, and if they can undermine our rights, they can undermine the rights of all members of this organization,” he said to the Security Council.
The United States convened Wednesday the Security Council meeting to discuss the humanitarian situation in Venezuela. UN chief aid officer Mark Lowcock told the council that there is a “very real humanitarian problem” in the country.
He informed the council of a recent UN report on the situation that about a quarter of Venezuelans need humanitarian assistance and painted an alarming picture of millions of people without food and basic services.
Some 3.4 million Venezuelans have left the country, and the UN expects the number to rise to five million by the end of the year.
Maduro, who denied that Venezuela is experiencing a humanitarian crisis, said Wednesday in a speech on state television that the country had reached an “agreement” with the International Red Cross to work with the United Nations for help.
He said Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza “was negotiating an official document” on aid with the Red Cross.
Maduro attributes US sanctions to the country’s economic problems but has accepted Russia’s help. In February, Venezuelan troops blocked aid convoys supported by the United States from Colombia and Brazil.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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