Venezuela Border Crossing Blocked As Venezuelans Await Aid Shipments

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says he will not take part in any group holding meetings on Venezuela's political crisis in order to maintain the world body's credibility

Venezuela Border Crossing Blocked As Venezuelans Await Aid Shipments

The statement added that Trudeau "commended Juan Guaido for his courage and leadership in helping to return democracy to Venezuela and offered Canada's continued support".

Mr Blunt told the BBC's World Tonight that the UK Government had to take action beyond simply recognising Mr Guaido's legitimacy as leader.

"We have a huge relationship with different people in the army force". "With ministers Néstor Ruiz Reverol and Aristóbulo Istúriz [minister of Education and vice president for social affairs], we said goodbye to the crew".

But a defiant Maduro maintains control of the military and calls the Guaido-led opposition a puppet of the United States, which he says is seeking to colonise Venezuela and exploit its vast oil resources.

Guaido is an opposition leader who's the head of Venezuela's legislature. He was boosted on Saturday by the defection of a top air force general. He posted a video on YouTube declaring his country's transition to democracy was "imminent".

"From today, we will spare no effort in helping all Venezuelans achieve freedom, prosperity and harmony", said Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish prime minister. Two plainclothed police officers escorted the two women out without incident.

But the Pope has said that, although he was deeply concerned by the humanitarian suffering, he was not in a position to mediate.

But she condemned the Maduro regime and endorsed sanctions because 'doesn't involve killing people. "We have no doubt that the imperialism governs the Venezuelan right wing". "That is why it is time to increase pressure", Guaido said through an interpreter, his enlarged image hovering over the gathering on a movie-theatre-sized screen.

Franklin Graham, chief executive of relief group Samaritan's Purse and the son of renowned Christian evangelist Billy Graham, said until humanitarian groups had access inside Venezuela, most aid likely would remain outside.

The funds will go to "trusted partners" and neighbouring countries, he said.

Mr Maduro has said the aid will be turned away by his the army, while Mr Guaido has called on the troops to allow it in to help struggling citizens.

European Union member states had indicated that if no new elections are announced, they would take action within the next few days, including on the issue of recognition of the country's leadership in accordance with Article 233 of the Venezuelan constitution. Maduro, in turn, blasted the move as a coup staged by Washington and said he was severing diplomatic ties with the US.

The coordinated move by 11 nations including Britain, Germany, France, Spain and seven more European Union members followed the expiration of an ultimatum for Maduro to call a new presidential election, aligning them with Washington and against Russian Federation and China.

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido waves to supporters during a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 2, 2019.

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