Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

China calls for peaceful dialogue on Venezuela crisis

China calls for peaceful dialogue on Venezuela crisis

Yet, all these wrongdoings combined can not entitle his opponent Juan Guaido, the speaker of parliament, to declare himself as the interim president.

The official declined to provide details on the discussions or the level at which they are being held, and it was unclear whether such contacts could create cracks in the Venezuelan socialist leader's support from the military, which is pivotal to his grip on power.

"I'm sure that Moscow as much as Beijing is very aware of the situation in Venezuela, that Maduro doesn't have popular support, the he can't stabilize the economy... all the while holding the biggest oil reserves in the world".

The United States bends the definition of "humanitarian aid" to advance its political interests in Venezuela.

"Inhibiting the entry of this aid could be seen as a crime against humanity".

Guaido is trying to bring in food and medicine from the U.S. but supplies are stuck in warehouses in Colombia as the Venezuelan military has blocked their entry.

Guaido, who has appealed to the military to back him, said the armed forces "have a dilemma: either they side with the people in need or with the dictatorship".

Maduro also said that if the US really wanted to help, it would instead lift the over $10 million in sanctions that have been imposed on Maduro's regime, calling it a robbery of money belonging to the Venezuelan people.

Maduro, after launching a signature-gathering campaign against alleged USA interference, has repeatedly stressed his sentiment that the main objective behind Washington's interest in the political outcome in Venezuela is the nation's oil reserves, said to the largest in the world.

"We're going to open a humanitarian corridor and the doors to freedom", he told journalists.

The opposition considers the presidency of Maduro, who has been the head of state since 2013, to be illegitimate after he won "fraudulent" election last May without any meaningful competition.

Guaido says the constitution allows him to assume power, set up a transitional government and hold new elections - one of his key demands that has received widespread worldwide support.

Consultants Eurasia Group predicted on Thursday that Maduro "will be unable to sustain his regime".

A number of Venezuelan leaders have appealed to the military to allow the relief supplies into the country, but those calls have been rejected by the country's embattled president, who has the support of the army.

Mexico participated at the group's inaugural meeting on Thursday in Montevideo, but did not sign a statement calling for new presidential elections in Venezuela.

"Only this way can Venezuela realising lasting stability".

-Question: Would you receive emissaries of the International Contact Group seeking a negotiated solution?

On Friday, the Supreme Court asked the attorney general's office to investigate alleged "criminal" conduct by Guaido and the legislature over the "usurpation of functions" that correspond to Maduro.

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