Guaido vows to return soon to Venezuela to lead protests

The United States targeted Venezuela's government with new sanctions on Monday and called on allies to freeze the assets of state-owned PDVSA after deadly violence blocked humanitarian aid from reaching the country over the weekend.

"If he wants to win their vote he has to do something about Venezuela".

"Instead of the hypocritical attempt to bring in an aid of $20 million, it is necessary to immediately lift the ban on the accounts of Venezuelan enterprises in American banks with $11 billion allocated by the government for the purchase of medicines, food and essential goods", he urged.

Both texts have been circulated among the 15 members and the council is likely to take up the competing resolutions in a single session on Thursday, the sources said.

It expresses support for "the peaceful restoration of democracy and rule of law in Venezuela" and requests that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres broker a deal on holding fresh elections.

News agencies said the USA resolution asks UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to help ensure "free, fair, and credible" presidential election with global observers.

Vice President Mike Pence said the United States only recognises opposition leader Juan Guaido - whom he met earlier this week in Colombia in a show of support. According to Sanchez, Venezuela's presidential elections in May 2018, which were largely boycotted by the opposition, were not "free, fair or credible, and therefore Nicolas Maduro does not have any democratic legitimacy".

Venezuela's foreign minister Jorge Arreaza on Wednesday called for direct talks between President Nicolas Maduro and his United States counterpart Donald Trump, to help ease the crisis gripping his country.

"The only thing to discuss with Maduro at this point is the time and date for his departure".

Russian Federation and China, which have had close relations with Maduro over the years, have repeatedly warned against any foreign interference in Venezuela, while Washington has backed the opposition leader.

Responding to threats against Guaido and others in the opposition, the draft "stresses the importance of ensuring the security of all members of the National Assembly, and members of the political opposition".

  • Anthony Vega