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Crisis in Venezuela: Guaidó does not want to rule out US military intervention

  • Venezuela's President Guaidó does not want to rule out US military intervention if authorized by him.
  • The US appears to be in direct contact with Venezuelan military to force them to turn away from President Maduro.
  • According to a report by the Bundestag, Guaidó's international recognition raises questions of international law.

Venezuela's self-proclaimed transitional president, Juan Guaidó, does not want to rule out US military intervention authorized by him. He said he would do "everything necessary" to save human lives, said the President of Parliament in an interview with the news agency AFP. However, possible US intervention is a "very explosive topic". The Americans do not rule out an intervention so far.

According to US government officials, the US is in direct contact with Venezuelan military to force them to turn away from President Nicolás Maduro. However, the talks are "very, very limited," said a senior member of the Reuters news agency. New sanctions against Venezuela were prepared, it said. There are about 2,000 generals, of whom the majority so far holds to Maduro.

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In Venezuela, a bitter power struggle has been going on for weeks between head of state Maduro and Guaidó, who had proclaimed himself interim president in January. In the meantime, some 40 countries have joined Guaidó, including the US, Germany and other EU countries, as well as a number of South American countries.

Guaidó's international recognition raises questions of international law, according to a report by the Bundestag. There are "strong reasons to believe" that recognition of Guaidó is interference in internal affairs, according to the seven-page expertise commissioned by the left-wing group, which is available to the German Press Agency. The question was "entirely justified" whether this should not be considered as an inadmissible intervention.

In the meantime, trucks with US food and drug supplies are hanging on the border between Colombia and Venezuela because the Venezuelan military is not letting them into the country. Maduro said that Washington "invented" the humanitarian crisis in its country to justify an "intervention". In Venezuela, as a result of the political and economic crisis, there is an extreme shortage of food and medicines. According to Guaidó, 300,000 deaths are imminent if relief supplies are not allowed into the country. It was not until Wednesday that eight children under the age of three died, who were dehydrated and malnourished. Guaidó announced a new attempt for the coming week to bring the help still in the country.

The self-proclaimed transitional president appealed to the military to let relief supplies cross the border. The military faces a "huge dilemma," he said in the interview. Given the "huge need" it was "downright pathetic" to refuse aid. "Blocking the import of this aid could be considered a crime against humanity," said the opposition leader.

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