Venezuela proposes talks between Donald Trump and Nicolas Maduro
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Mar 01, 2019,
Mar 01, 2019, 0:38
The United States is calling for a vote on a U.N. resolution urging "the peaceful restoration of democracy" in Venezuela, free and fair presidential elections, unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid to all people in need - and making clear its support for opposition leader Juan Guaido.
An estimated 2.7 million people have fled Venezuela since a devastating political and economic crisis engulfed the country in 2015, according to the UN.
While in the Brazilian capital, Guaido will also meet with diplomats of other countries that have recognised him as Venezuela's interim leader, pending new presidential elections, Belandria said.
But each of the five Permanent Members - the US, Russia, China, France and Britain - has the power to veto a resolution and Moscow is sure to block Washington's text.
The draft resolution, seen by AFP, calls for "free, fair and credible presidential elections", with the presence of global observers, and describes the May vote in which Maduro was declared the victor as "neither free nor fair".
He said that the world should back Guaido and "address the destabilizing results of Maduro's corrupt, fraudulent and incompetent reign, which just this weekend brought instability and violence" to the borders of Brazil and Colombia.
The moves came after Venezuelan security forces violently drove back opposition attempts at the weekend to bring humanitarian aid, including US supplies, into the country against the will of Maduro.
He said Venezuela refused to accept humanitarian aid because it understands that Washington is preparing to topple Maduro.
Venezuela's foreign minister suggested on Wednesday a meeting between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and US President Donald Trump to "try to find common ground and explain their differences".
"The only thing to discuss with Maduro at this point is the time and date for his departure", Pence tweeted.
The Russian draft resolution expresses "concern over the threats to use force" against Venezuela.
Tensions between Washington and Moscow over the crisis in Venezuela have risen over the past month, as the us and the majority of Latin American nations rally behind interim President Juan Guaidó.