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Venezuela Rallies Maduro Supporters At UN Meeting


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Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:09 GMT

Russia and China have joined Cuba, Iran, and North Korea, to back Venezuela at the United Nations, in its showdown with the US, according to Venezuela’s foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, says AFP.

"We all have the right to live without the threat of use of force and without application of illegal coercive unilateral measures," Arreaza told journalists, flanked by the ambassadors of several countries.

Envoys from Russia, China, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, North Korea, Syria along with the Palestinian representative and diplomats from Caribbean countries, were surrounding Arreaza during the gathering.

Venezuela’s foreign minister did not provide details of the planned action but called on all UN nations to "join us in defending international law as the only guarantor for humanity's peaceful coexistence."

The member countries of the UN have been in split over supporting opposition politician Juan Guaido or President Nicholas Maduro. Guaido has declared himself interim president on January 23 against Maduro. Yet the international organization has been urging the international community to recognize Guaido, backed by about 50 countries.

Washington has sent aid to the Colombian border with Venezuela but Maduro's government has refused to let the shipments, accusing the U S of using the relief packages as a political tool aimed at regime change.

Declaring himself "sad" about the "turmoil" in Venezuela, President Donald Trump on Wednesday demanded that Maduro unblock US aid shipments, and has refused to rule out military action.

Venezuela's economy is in a tailspin marked by hyperinflation and shortages of basic necessities, that the opposition blames on corruption and mismanagement by the Maduro government.

Caracas maintains that US sanctions are to blame for the economic meltdown.

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