Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in a defiant interview with ABC News that aired Tuesday, said the USA government is fabricating a crisis to start a war in South America and Maduro does not trust "the people that are around" President Donald Trump.
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends the celebration of the International Peoples' Assembly in Caracas, February 26, 2019.
Russian Federation and the United States have been at loggerheads over a USA -led campaign for global recognition of Juan Guaido, the Venezuelan opposition leader and head of the country's elected National Assembly, over President Nicholas Maduro.
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. We express "our rejection of any non-peaceful solution, and particularly any foreign military intervention in Venezuela", he told lawmakers.
On Monday, US Vice President Mike Pence announced fresh sanctions against allies of Maduro after meeting with Latin American leaders and Guaido in Colombia.
The initial US draft's only mention of "peace" was to recognize "the disruption to peace and security in the region caused by the actions of a regime that have caused an economic collapse".
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"What is needed are actions that promote transition and the holding of free, transparent elections with global monitoring in order to guarantee as soon as possible the establishment of democracy in Venezuela".
An estimated 2.7 million people are estimated to have fled Venezuela since a devastating political and economic crisis engulfed the country in 2015, according to the UN. It notes "the constitutional authority of the democratically elected National Assembly", which Guaido heads, and commends its efforts to release political prisoners, fight corruption and provide amnesties to civilian and military officials who support "the restoration of democracy".
It also stresses the need to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the country.
The delegations from the U.S., Argentina, Australia, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Canada, Israel and Argentina left the hall when Arreaza started began speaking.
He said Washington's actions were depriving ordinary Venezuelans of food and medicine and called on the rights council to "raise its voice" against the American "blockade".