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Pope says Vatican open to mediating in Venezuela if both sides willing

Pope says Vatican open to mediating in Venezuela if both sides willing

Dozens of countries, including the United States and most of the European Union, have recognized Guaido as Venezuela's interim president, arguing that Maduro's re-election was invalid because his strongest opponents were barred from running.

One official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the aid would be prepositioned at the main Colombian-Venezuelan border crossing at Cucuta.

The spokesman for Guterres, Stéphane Dujarric, said that Guterres "supports the efforts of the global community that will help find a political solution" to the situation in Venezuela.

After President Nicolas Maduro rejected an ultimatum to call snap presidential elections, Spain, Germany, France and Britain led a run of European countries in individually recognizing the young National Assembly leader on Monday and called on him to organize free and fair polls soon.

Most members of the Lima Group, which aims to peacefully resolve the Venezuela crisis, have said Maduro should quit in favor of Guaido and have called for new elections.

Tensions have mounted in the South American nation with Maduro refusing the opposition's calls to step down.

Guaido knows he also needs the armed forces on his side to dislodge Maduro, although he was boosted on Saturday by the defection of a top air force general.

His fledgling alternative administration will hold talks in Washington February 14 on responding to "the largest hemispheric humanitarian crisis in modern history". "The kind of democracy which political protesters in Canada do enjoy and, I am sad to say, political protesters in Venezuela do not".

"If anyone believes that his management of the economy is in any way an example of how to go about it, then they need their heads examined".

The U.S. has led an worldwide campaign to put economic and diplomatic pressure on Maduro, including the imposition of sanctions on the country's state-owned oil company.

- Turkey has also backed Maduro in contrast with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies while Iran has accused the United States of seeking "world hegemony".

"Under Maduro's stewardship, oil-dependent Venezuela has plunged into an economic crisis, suffering from hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine". "He wants us to be poor". The government on January 21 said it suppressed a military revolt after a group of officers stole weapons, kidnapped officers, and demanded Maduro's removal. "It has a rich experience in the Syrian conflict, in which a great number of parties are involved and where religious issue plays a significant role, so its experience would be a great support", the ambassador said during a roundtable discussion in Moscow on the current political crisis in Venezuela.

"The United Nations said 40 people were killed in clashes with security forces in a week of protests last month, coinciding with Guaido's self-proclamation as acting leader".

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