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Maduro: Venezuelans not 'beggars,' give humanitarian aid to Colombians

10 February 2019

Maduro also repudiated a statement issued by the International Contact Group on Venezuela.

Maduro confirmed that he is ready to hold early parliamentary elections in the country in order to end the ongoing political crisis.

This immediate assistance would help address the greatest needs identified by Interim President Guaidó's team: Emergency food and health supplies aimed at reaching the most-vulnerable populations in Venezuela. "This is the only way toward enduring peace in the country".

CNN reported Thursday that the Maduro government blocked a bridge on the Colombia-Venezuela border, preventing us -sent humanitarian aid from reaching the country. "We know that there is a blockade in Tienditas (on the border with Colombia)".

He said Venezuela is now experiencing the worst situation of any country in Latin America, with thousands dead and dying due to a lack of food and medicine.

"There's an attempt to violate our national sovereignty with this "show" of a humanitarian operation by the government of Donald Trump", he said.

The US continues to try to impose a long-sought regime change in Venezuela, a lot of the pieces have already fallen into place, to the point that the US is already backing a "new" government there, and demanding that the world do the same.

"I'd be really disappointed if we didn't have a deal", Scott said. "This is a very anti-Western, anti-democratic, anti-American regime".

"Well he's got friends in places like Cuba and Russian Federation, and there are some other countries actually that have come to us privately and said they'd be willing to take members of the current illegitimate regime if it would help the transition", explained the USA special envoy.

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Guaido maintains that Maduro's second term as president is illegitimate, citing the May 2018 election that faced widespread global condemnation.

Justice Mendoza says Guaido is usurping presidential powers.

Guaido is trying to force Maduro from power, aiming to set up a transitional government and hold presidential elections.

VIVOplay TV channel reported on Thursday that first containers with humanitarian aid have arrived to the Colombian city of Cucuta at the Venezuelan border.

Maduro has refused the aid, disavowing any humanitarian crisis and saying Venezuela is not a country of beggars.

Political tensions in Venezuela between the government and opposition groups came to a head after Maduro was sworn in to a new term on January 10.

Even though Maduro is unlikely to ever wave the USA aid through, the continuing to stockpile food and medicine at Venezuela's border with Colombia. Opposition leaders said three countries in the region will become aid hubs and that some nations, like Colombia, will likely have more than one collection site.

He did welcome the Contact Group's proposal to send a mission to Venezuela, though. President Klaus Iohannis said Romania chose to join other European Union countries in recognizing Guaido partly because Bucharest now holds the EU's rotating presidency.

Maduro: Venezuelans not 'beggars,' give humanitarian aid to Colombians