Pence asks United Nations to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's leader

Clay Curtis
April 12, 2019

Wednesday's UNSC meeting came on the heels of a session at the Organization of American States (OAS) which approved Guaido's appointment, Gustavo Tarre, as a representative to the body "until new elections are held".

Maurer sat down with Maduro on Tuesday evening as he wrapped up his 5-day tour of the Latin American country, which reportedly saw the Red Cross officials gain unprecedented access to its most secretive facilities, including military-run prisons. "It's time for him to go".

Vice President Mike Pence unloaded on Nicolas Maduro's brutal socialist regime at the United Nations Wednesday; telling the Venezuelan Ambassador he "shouldn't be here".

On Wednesday, Pence said the U.S. was preparing a draft resolution which would see the United Nations recognize Guaido as president and replace the current Venezuelan ambassador with a new one, appointed by Guaido.

"To that end, the United States preparing a resolution recognizing the legitimacy of the government of interim President Juan Guaido".

"We shall promote the road of cooperation and global support, in favour of the people", Maduro said.

He advised him to return to Caracas and convey the message to Maduro that "his time is up".

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Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, whose country strongly supports Maduro, called the council meeting just "another episode of a tragedy with several acts in the attempt to change regime in Venezuela". He said also it's time for the seat Guaido's representative at the United Nations - and expel the current representative.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the United States of provoking an artificial crisis to oust Maduro and replace him "with their own pawn", actions he described as a "lawless, thuggish violation of global law".

"If you want to make America great again, and we're all sincerely interested in seeing that, stop interfering in the affairs of other states", Nebenzia told USA officials.

"You will only gain respect from that, You don't like when others interfere in your affairs". Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said there is no crisis and blames US sanctions for the country's economic problems.

"This is our neighbourhood", he told reporters afterward. Maduro still retains the vital support of the military, as well as support from China and Russian Federation in the form of troops and military equipment.

"We call on the United States to once again recognize that the Venezuelan people and other peoples have the right to determine their own future", Nebenzia said.

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