Colombia calls at U.N. for action on Venezuela crisis


'We are proposing the path of dialogue, even with the United States.

"If he wants to win their vote he has to do something about Venezuela".

Protesters - desperate for food and freedom - have been taking to the streets in Venezuela since April 2017 in hopes that Maduro would resign.

It expresses support for "the peaceful restoration of democracy and rule of law in Venezuela" and requests that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres broker a deal on holding fresh elections.

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But each of the five Permanent Members - the US, Russia, China, France and Britain - has the power to veto a resolution and Moscow is sure to block Washington's text.

"Met with Senators Marco Rubio, Senator Rick Scott, and Jim Risch and Congressmen Mario Diaz Balart, Eliot Engel, Michael McCaul and Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Cap Hill today to update them on my discussions with Juan Guaido and the Lima Group", Pence said via Twitter on Tuesday.

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has repeatedly accused Washington of trying to orchestrate a coup ever since Guaido declared himself interim president last month.

Brazil and Colombia are Guaido allies that have been holding humanitarian aid the National Assembly speaker wants to bring into Venezuela. According to the Guardian, tens of thousands of opposition party Venezuelans took to the streets in a nationwide protest on February 2, 2019, to urge the newly re-elected Maduro to step down.

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"The only thing to discuss with Maduro at this point is the time and date for his departure".

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Wednesday Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro had "no intention of negotiating" but rejected any foreign military intervention in the economically-strapped country.

Responding to threats against Guaido and others in the opposition, the draft "stresses the importance of ensuring the security of all members of the National Assembly, and members of the political opposition".

"The transfer of United States special operations forces to Puerto Rico, the landing of USA forces in Colombia and other facts clearly indicate that the Pentagon is reinforcing the grouping of troops in the region for the goal of ousting the legally elected current president, Maduro", Patrushev said.

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