Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

‘We're Not Beggars,’ Maduro Says, Barring Way for Food Trailers

‘We're Not Beggars,’ Maduro Says, Barring Way for Food Trailers

With hawkish Trump White House officials like national security adviser John Bolton continuing to warn that US military intervention in Venezuela remains "on the table", Maduro published an open letter to the American public urging opposition to "warmongering and war". "We have recently revealed a conspiracy to stage a coup, funded and supported from Colombia", he noted.

Toledo also said that more points of aid were going to be established in countries neighbouring Venezuela soon, to speed up aid delivery into the country.

And he said a first attempt to bring in the aid should be made next week. United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in NY, "humanitarian action needs to be independent of political, military or other objectives".

Maduro has rejected the global aid, saying: "We are not beggars". "This is a very anti-Western, anti-democratic, anti-American regime".

Guaido called the situation "an emergency ... a crisis", on Monday and said humanitarian aid would begin to flow into Venezuela in the coming days, defying Maduro's repeated refusal of assistance in the face of food and medicine shortages.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, speaks during a meeting with students in Caracas, Venezuela February 8, 2019. Today, our only enemy is fear.' Guaido said. The world watches now whether Maduro's government will let the first shipments from United States cross its borders.

The goods stored at the border city of Cucuta, which is just across the river from Venezuela, consist of corn, flour, lentils and cans of tuna.

"You don't feed a country with humanitarian aid", Francisco Rodriguez, chief economist at Torino Economics in NY, said in an interview this week.

Maduro published an image of the letter on his official Twitter account, saying it would be delivered to the White House, demanding respect for Venezuela's "inalienable right to peace".

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said "Cuban thugs" are helping Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro remain in power.

The Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union, which counts 178 parliaments as members, says it's also monitoring the impact of a Venezuelan Supreme Court decision "ordering a blanket investigation into possible criminal conduct by members of the National Assembly".

The Trump administration expects further military defections from Maduro's side, the official told Reuters in an interview, despite only a few senior officers having done so since opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president last month, earning the recognition of the United States and dozens of other countries.

He did welcome the Contact Group's proposal to send a mission to Venezuela, though.

"We'll do everything we have to in a sovereign and autonomous manner to end the usurpation, (establish) the transitional government and (hold) free elections", said Guaido.

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