Politics 18-07-2018

'Iván Duque will not support a military intervention in Venezuela'

The principal adviser to Colombia's president-elect, Iván Duque, says that the Government of Bogotá will never endorse a military intervention in Venezuela.

"We will never endorse that option, because the problem is not military (...) This needs humanitarian intervention from the world," said Senator José Obdulio Gaviria, one of the foremost bishops of Uribismo and now a Duque adviser.

In an interview published yesterday by the Spanish-language newspaperEl Nuevo Herald , Gaviria described Venezuela's president, Nicolás Maduro, as "an opprobrious dictator who kills, overwhelms the people, destroyed his economy and puts millions of people under hunger. and misery in the richest country in the world. "

Despite this supposed rejection by Colombia of a hypothetical attack on Venezuela, Caracas has asked the Armed Forces to keep up with the "guard up" in the face of a possible treason from Bogotá. In May, the Bolivarian government announced the arrest of a group of soldiers financed by Colombia who had planned to commit "a coup attempt."

In another part of the interview, the Colombian senator said that Venezuela "is suffering a crisis called a famine" as a result of the policy of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez (1999-2013).

Gaviria, in the line of "humanitarian intervention", said that the new president of his country will make a formal request to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to "address the Venezuelan crisis."

Discrepancies between Colombia and Venezuela have increased in recent months after the Maduro Administration convened a National Constituent Assembly (ANC) and will advance the presidential elections of 2018.

The new president of Colombia has promised to follow the policy of his predecessor in relation to Venezuela, putting Maduro at the head of international condemnations, which he has threatened to denounce before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

At the beginning of this month of July, in a meeting at the White House, the Colombian President-elect and the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, highlighted the need to continue to pressure the Government of Venezuela .

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