Venezuela seeks Trump talks, but US quickly says no

Jermaine Castillo
March 1, 2019

Members of the United Nations Security Council gather during a meeting about the situation in Venezuela, in NY, U.S., February 26, 2019.

Reuters quoted diplomats as saying the USA version is likely to receive the required nine votes in the council but is expected to fail due to a Russian veto.

Russian Federation and the United States have been at loggerheads over a USA -led campaign for worldwide recognition of Juan Guaido, the Venezuelan opposition leader and head of the country's elected National Assembly, over President Nicholas Maduro.

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Guaido declared himself acting president on January 23 until new elections were held, and was recognized by Australia, Canada, Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile, Panama, Argentina, Costa Rica and the U.S. The European Parliament took a step in the same direction. It also calls on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to "ensure free, fair, and credible presidential elections". Similarly, Maduro suggested Tuesday that Juan Guaido must face trial after his return to Venezuela from Colombia, where he traveled in defiance of the travel ban imposed earlier by the Venezuelan Supreme Court.

Guaido, recognized by most Western nations as Venezuela's legitimate leader, slipped into neighboring Colombia last week to lead an abortive effort to bring in humanitarian aid. He then met with members of the Lima Group, a bloc of nations from Argentina to Canada, on Monday in Bogota.

Risch said about the meeting that they reaffirmed there is no change in United States policy on Venezuela.

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The U.S. representation at the United Nations announced Wednesday it will present tomorrow to the Security Council a draft resolution on Venezuela, in which it insists on delivering humanitarian aid.

Earlier this month the United States proposed a draft Security Council resolution, which prompted Russian Federation to propose a rival text that makes no reference to elections or aid.

Venezuela's foreign minister has floated the idea of talks between President Nicolas Maduro and US President Donald Trump to seek "common ground" over his country's escalating crisis.

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The text also calls for new elections in the South American nation, despite global observers calling last year's May elections, in which Nicolás Maduro won by a wide margin, valid and democratic.

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