Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019. 7:12 am CST.
By BBN Staff:The Venezuelan army has blocked a bridge at the border of Colombia and Venezuela to halt the transportation of humanitarian aid from the United States of America to enter into the country.
This is the latest development in Venezuela’s political crisis where the opposition is trying to remove socialist President, Nicolás Maduro.
United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo today demanded that Venezuela re open the bridge so that the people in Venezuela can receive the aid that was arranged to arrive in the country by Juan Guaido. Juan Guaido, President of the National Assembly, declared himself interim President on 23rd January, 2019.
Guaido has secured the support of over 40 countries including the United States and most European nations while President Nicolas Maduro has the support of China and Russia. Belize’s Caricom partners themselves are divided over whether to support Maduro or Guaido.
Maduro also has still has the full support of the army.
“The Venezuelan people desperately need humanitarian aid. The U.S. & other countries are trying to help, but Venezuela’s military under Maduro’s orders is blocking aid with trucks and shipping tankers. The Maduro regime must LET THE AID REACH THE STARVING PEOPLE,” Pompeo posted to social media.
Supporters of Guaido believe that his leadership will bring assistance to Venezuela and revive the country’s crumbling economy. Supporters of Maduro, however, continue to demand that countries do not interfere in the internal affairs of Venezuela and blame the crisis squarely on the US government.
Venezuela is in the middle of a worsening humanitarian crisis and world leaders continue to meet in an effort to negotiate a peaceful solution.
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