US pro­poses Venezuela polls at UN

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —AFP

Washington: The United States has pre­sented a draft res­o­lu­tion at the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil call­ing for in­ter­na­tional aid de­liv­er­ies and a pres­i­den­tial vote in Venezuela, trig­ger­ing a Rus­sian counter-pro­posal.

While no date has yet been set for a vote on the Amer­i­can draft, and ne­go­ti­a­tions are on­go­ing, Rus­sia is likely to use its veto power to block it as part of its sup­port of Ni­co­las Maduro’s regime, diplo­mats said. The text ex­presses “full sup­port for the Na­tional As­sem­bly as the only demo­crat­i­cally elected in­sti­tu­tion in Venezuela.”

The leg­isla­tive body’s chair­man, Juan Guaido, has de­clared him­self in­terim pres­i­dent of Venezuela, chal­leng­ing Maduro’s rule.

The draft res­o­lu­tion stresses “deep con­cern with the vi­o­lence and ex­ces­sive use of force by Venezue­lan se­cu­rity forces against un­armed, peace­ful pro­test­ers.”

It also “calls for the im­me­di­ate start of a po­lit­i­cal process lead­ing to free, fair and cred­i­ble pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, with in­ter­na­tional elec­toral ob­ser­va­tion, in line with Venezuela’s con­sti­tu­tion.” The text also re­quests that UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res “uti­lize his good of­fices” to ob­tain such elec­tions.

It also “stresses the need to pre­vent fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in Venezuela and to fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess and de­liv­ery of as­sis­tance to all in need in the en­tirety of the ter­ri­tory of Venezuela.”

On Fri­day, Moscow pro­posed an al­ter­na­tive res­o­lu­tion to the Amer­i­can one, diplo­mats said. It ex­presses “con­cern over the threats to use force against the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and po­lit­i­cal in­de­pen­dence of... Venezuela,” ac­cord­ing to a draft.

The draft also crit­i­cises “at­tempts to in­ter­vene in mat­ters which are es­sen­tially within the do­mes­tic ju­ris­dic­tion of... Venezuela.”

Call­ing for a “peace­ful” res­o­lu­tion of the stale­mate in Venezuela, it “sup­ports all ini­tia­tives aimed at reach­ing a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion amongst Venezue­lans to the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion... through a gen­uine and in­clu­sive process of na­tional di­a­logue.”

—AP

Govern­ment sup­port­ers par­tic­i­pate in a sig­na­ture cam­paign against the in­ter­fer­ence of the US in Venezuela’s in­ter­nal pol­i­tics

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