U.S. seeks United Nations resolution calling for Venezuela polls

Geraldine Edwards
February 12, 2019

Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaido is calling out the Venezuelan military, imploring them to allow aid into the country.

He has vowed not to let in "fake" aid from the United States requested by opposition leader, which is being stockpiled at the border with Colombia.

Guaido, who has been recognized by most Western nations as Venezuela's legitimate president over the past month, tweeted a photo of himself surrounded by stacks of white pots of vitamin and nutritional supplements.

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Guaido's envoy to Brazil, Maria Teresa Belandria, said she had received assurances from Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo over the new aid centre.

A man holds a banner that reads "Thank you global community" near a warehouse where humanitarian aid for Venezuela is being stored near the Tienditas cross-border bridge between Colombia and Venezuela in Cucuta, Colombia, February 8, 2019.

Accusing those blocking aid of being "almost genocidal", he likewise warned that the military would be held responsible for the deaths of protesters - and reaffirmed his call for a mass march on Tuesday in memory of the estimated 40 people killed in disturbances since January 21.

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On Sunday, the Venezuelan military announced it had started conducting exercises, set to run until February 15 across the country, to "reinforce the country's defensive capacity".

It also "calls for the immediate start of a political process leading to free, fair and credible presidential elections, with worldwide electoral observation, in line with Venezuela's constitution".

"You must be ready to go to the heart of the enemy who dares touch Venezuelan soil - to go to the heart of the enemy and to tear out his heart in his own territory", he declared at a military event in Caracas. Colonel Paz, a doctor, urged soldiers to help the aid get into Venezuela.

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An worldwide Contact Group, made up of European and Latin American countries, called for snap presidential elections following a meeting in Montevideo this week.

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