USA envoy Elliott Abrams said Tuesday the Trump administration will seek a U.N. Security Council vote this week on a resolution calling for Venezuela's government to let in humanitarian aid and to hold free elections, and then sparred with Russian Federation over possible us military intervention in the politically divided country.
Arreaza denounced what he called "aggression" being perpetrated by the United States against Venezuela, saying the "economic blockade against Venezuela, as well as the blockade against Cuba, are coercive unilateral measures that violate the UN charter".
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.
One of the oft-repeated lies is that Maduro ordered the burning of two large aid-laden trucks attempting to cross the bridge which connects Venezuela and Colombia in Ureña.
The Venezuelan Foreign Affairs minister, Jorge Arreaza, challenged the U.S. and urged the United Nations to approve a resolution against the "use of force" in Venezuela.More news: Blue Jackets pick up Ryan Dzingel in Senators’ fire sale
Meanwhile, Maduro accused the US government of trying to fabricate a crisis to start a war in South America in his first interview with ABC News' Tom Llamas in Spanish from the presidential palace in Caracas.
In order for a resolution to be adopted in the Security Council - the only United Nations body whose decisions are binding - the majority of its members must vote in favour and there must be no veto from any of the powers with that prerogative: the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France.
Arreaza slammed Juan Guaido, Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president who urged the U.S.to take military action in Venezuela using recent incidents near Columbian border as an excuse.
The United States "will have a resolution this week which will certainly call for the admission of humanitarian aid into Venezuela" and free elections, he said. "For democracy to return and for Venezuela to rebuild-Maduro must go #VenezuelaLibre" Pence tweeted Wednesday afternoon. "The only thing to discuss with Maduro at this point is the time and date for his departure", he said on Twitter. It stresses the need to ensure the safety of all the members of Venezuela's National Assembly.
"The interim president of Venezuela will meet on Thursday afternoon with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the Planalto Palace", said Maria Teresa Belandria, Guaido's appointed ambassador to Brazil.