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Venezuela slams European Union countries for aligning with U.S.

06 February 2019

Venezuelan military officers blocked a bridge on the border with Colombia ahead of an anticipated humanitarian aid shipment Tuesday, as opposition leader Juan Guaido stepped up his challenge to President Nicolas Maduro's authority.

Organized labour in Canada is voicing its opposition to the federal government's decision to embrace Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido over the regime of Nicolas Maduro - which has been accused of human rights abuses and of winning the last election through vote-rigging.

He has defied European heads of state, calling them sycophants for following U.S. President Donald Trump. America's Rachel Blevins has the details. It is unclear how the supplies will get into Venezuela without Maduro's blessing and cooperation of the Venezuelan military, which has remained loyal to his government and is stationed on the Venezuelan side of the border. He spoke at a military rally designed, in part, to display his support among Venezuela's military leaders.

In contrast, Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Turkey voiced support for Maduro, while China called for resolving all differences peacefully and warned against foreign interference.

Maduro had special criticism for Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who leads "the coward government of Spain", according to the embattled Venezuelan leader. She also emphasized the temporary nature of the Lima Group's recognition of Guaido as interim president.

The group reaffirmed its support for Guaido and the opposition-controlled National Assembly, but rejected calls for a foreign military intervention, saying it supported a "peaceful transition".

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Canada's largest union - the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Canadian Labour Congress have expressed varying degrees of concern over Canada's move to recognize Guaido as interim president.

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Pope Francis also recalled the mediation efforts by one of his predecessors - Pope John Paul II - which helped to avert a full-fledged conflict between Argentina and Chile.

The United Nations will not join any group of nations promoting initiatives to resolve the crisis in Venezuela, the UN chief said Monday, indicating he will not attend a meeting of several countries in Uruguay this week.

The Lima Group's meeting comes amid massive protests in Venezuela pressing Maduro to go.

Immediately, the United States was the first to recognise Guaido as the President and also promised humanitarian aid to Venezuela.

Over recent years, Maduro has made repeated grandiose threats against Trump and the United States.

Canada has announced a humanitarian relief package for Venezuela.

"This is a pivotal moment for the people of Venezuela - we are observing a widespread rejection of the Maduro regime's illegitimate claim to power following fraudulent elections last May", he said.

Venezuela slams European Union countries for aligning with U.S.