Coun­tries join to con­demn Trump’s mil­i­tary threat against Venezuela

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

MEX­ICO CITY, Mex­ico — Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries have strongly con­demned the United States’ threat of mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion against cri­sis-stricken Venezuela.

De­spite crit­i­ciz­ing what it views as a break­down of democ­racy in Venezuela, Peru said it re­jected any kind of threats or use of force unau­tho­rized by the United Na­tions and called for di­a­logues among re­lated par­ties.

“All for­eign or do­mes­tic threats to re­sort to force un­der­mine the goal of re­in­stat­ing demo­cratic gov­er­nance in Venezuela, as well as the prin­ci­ples en­shrined in the UN char­ter,” Peru’s For­eign Min­is­ter Ri­cardo Luna said in a state­ment on Satur­day.

Ne­go­ti­a­tion is the only way to re­store sta­bil­ity in Venezuela, it said.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Fri­day threat­ened that he would not rule out a “mil­i­tary op­tion” in Venezuela.

His re­marks came amid es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Cara­cas over Venezuela’s newly-elected leg­isla­tive body Na­tional Con­stituent Assem­bly, which has supreme power over all govern­ment branches.

It was strongly op­posed by Venezuela’s right-wing op­po­si­tion, who claimed that the 545-mem­ber assem­bly would only to strengthen the power of the rul­ing party.

The strug­gle be­tween the two sides in­ten­si­fied the coun­try’s month­s­long political cri­sis, which led to vi­o­lent con­fronta­tions and left more than 100 peo­ple dead.

Colom­bia, Bo­livia Mex­ico were also crit­i­cal.

“De­spite the cur­rent dif­fi­cul­ties of reach­ing a peace­ful and ne­go­ti­ated so­lu­tion, we still be­lieve that is the right path to find long-term so­lu­tions for the peo­ple of Venezuela,” the Colom­bian govern­ment said.

The state­ments came as US Vice-Pres­i­dent Mike Pence launched a Latin Amer­ica tour on Sun­day.

The week­long trip, aimed at co­or­di­nat­ing a re­gional diplo­matic ac­tion to the political cri­sis in Cara­cas, be­gins in Colom­bia be­fore mov­ing to Ar­gentina, Chile and Panama.

The tour is likely to be dom­i­nated by Venezuela and how US “part­ners and friends” were look­ing to the “fu­ture” re­gard­ing that coun­try, while oth­ers were stuck in the “past”, a se­nior US ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said.

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