We won't recognise rival to Maduro, Coveney says

Daniel Fowler
February 6, 2019

People cross into Venezuela over the Simon Bolivar worldwide bridge in Cucuta, Colombia February 4, 2019.

There has been criticism of the Trump administration's rhetoric on Venezuela since the crisis began.

"I anticipate having perhaps a dozen locations all around Venezuela where such aid will be staged", the official said.

While speaking at a meeting of the Lima Group Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country would provide $53 million to help the Venezuelan people.

Opposition lawmaker Miguel Pizarro told reporters in Caracas on Tuesday that Guaido's team would talk about how the aid would move once it was in place.

Canada has announced a humanitarian relief package for Venezuela.

The U.S. has pledged humanitarian aid for Venezuela but Maduro has turned it down, believing it is the first step to overthrowing him.

Prepositioning aid in warehouses or in truck convoys at border posts for weeks, or sometimes months, is common while officials negotiate safe passage.

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The Venezuelan leader, accused of running the OPEC nation of 30 million people like a dictatorship and wrecking its economy, has defied them and said European rulers are sycophantically following President Donald Trump.

"We are preparing to fly in as soon as we get the green light", he said.

With nearly no information about how aid will be distributed, the Cucuta crossing from Venezuela appeared to be quiet on Tuesday. "We can not buy drugs in Venezuela, you die before you get them".

Donald Trump has warned he could use military force in Venezuela if Maduro does not hand over power, after the us recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim President. Mexico and Uruguay have not recognized Guaido's interim presidency.

Russian Federation and China, who have poured billions of dollars of investment and loans into Venezuela, are supporting Mr Maduro in an extension of their geopolitical tussle with the United States.

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". "We are not beggars".

The top Japanese government spokesman also said, "It is regrettable that the Venezuelan government held an inauguration ceremony for its president without fulfilling its accountability (to the people)", swearing in Maduro for his second term last month after an election in May previous year.

Maduro's government, overseeing an economic collapse that has prompted 3 million Venezuelans to flee the country, lashed out at the European Union nations for recognizing Guaido, accusing them of submitting to a US "strategy to overthrow the legitimate government". Jon Snow is joined by the Labour MP Chris Williamson, who like Jeremy Corbyn, has supported the Chavez and Maduro governments in Venezuela.

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