Venezuela: Maduro Seeks UN Support in National Dialogue

"I hope the UN can help create the conditions for a great peace dialogue in Venezuela," said President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has requested the support of the United Nations in launching a peace dialogue with opposition sectors.

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Speaking Saturday during a meeting at Miraflores Palace, the government headquarters in Caracas, Maduro said: "Peace, justice and solid institutions, the sustainable development goal number sixteen.

"There the UN has to help us... in the dialogue for peace, mutual recognition, harmony, coexistence, the coexistence of different political visions."

The meeting was held to discuss the advancement of social programs within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Plan, of which the South American nation is a part.

Along with members of the executive cabinet, the Venezuelan leader stressed that the 17 objectives contained in the UN program were included in the national budget for 2019, and in the Plan de la Patria 2019-2025, which he will present Monday at the National Constituent Assembly (ANC).

"I would like to sit down with the opposition, stop the sterile, useless, unnecessary conflict, talk about economic issues; with the experience of the UN we can achieve it," he said, asking the international organization for its support to end the U.S.-backed trade blockade against Venezuela.

Reviewing collaboration with the UN over the last decade, the president emphasized progress in education, employment, housing and the pension system.

They are "common goals to address the great issues of the development of humanity... multilateralism, a world of balance as the liberator Simon Bolivar dreamed," Maduro said.

Finally, the president said all UN agencies "have their doors open" in the nation, and reiterated his invitation to the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to visit Venezuela.

The resident coordinator of the United Nations System in Venezuela, Peter Grohmann, ratified "all the support" to the Venezuelan government and people to achieve the 2030 Agenda, which covers development and was created with the support of the entire UN.

The UN representative called for a joint effort with the government and civil society to "address the needs of the population as it is going through a complicated situation and obviously we have to take it to sustainability in the future, to achieve this in Venezuela we must have the data from the different social areas so that progress can be monitored."

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Paraguay breaks diplomatic ties with Venezuela, neighbors join in condemning Maduro

Paraguayan president Mario Abdo Benítez will close his country’s embassy in Caracas and withdraw diplomats, following Maduro’s inauguration for another term in power. Other South American countries joined in condemning Maduro.

“The government of the Republic of Paraguay, [...] has decided to sever diplomatic relations with ... Venezuela, to close our embassy there and to immediately recall Paraguayan diplomatic personnel,”  he said.

Benítez added that his decision will not affect the country’s “international commitments” to the troubled state and expressed solidarity with the Venezuelan people. 

Shortly after Benítez' announcement, Peru followed suit, recalling its last diplomat from Caracas in protest at Maduro's illegitimate” election. Peru's government also announced it will bar Maduro and 100 other Venezuelan officials from entering the country.

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri also denounced Maduro, writing on Twitter that Venezuela is a dictatorship,” whose leader tries to mock democracy.”

EL VICTIMARIO QUE SE VICTIMIZA. Nicolás Maduro hoy intenta burlarse de la democracia. Los venezolanos lo saben, el mundo lo sabe. Venezuela vive bajo una dictadura.

All in all, 13 of the 14 foreign ministers of the Lima Group - formed in 2017 to oppose Maduro's government - have rejected Maduro’s return to power, claiming the country’s May 20 electoral process lacked legitimacy.

On Wednesday, Maduro responded by giving the Lima group 48 hours to rectify their position, threatening to take “corresponding diplomatic measures.”

Since taking power in 1999, the governments of Hugo Chavez and successor Nicolas Maduro have implemented socialist economic policies that saw industry nationalised, price controls implemented, and wealth redistributed. These policies are widely considered to have failed miserably.

In an economic crisis exacerbated by a worldwide drop in oil prices since 2014 and punitive US sanctions, living conditions in Venezuela have deteriorated to the point where the average Venezuelan has lost 24 pounds in body weight since 2015, food, medicine, and clean water are in short supply, and some three million refugees have fled the country.

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The International Monetary Fund has predicted that Venezuela's inflation rate will hit ten million percent in 2019, one of the worst examples of hyperinflation in modern history.

While most of Maduro's neighbors held off attending his inauguration on Thursday, the Venezuelan leader could still count on a few allies to show up. The presidents of Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Bolivia were all in attendance.

The US, unsurprisingly, denounced Maduro's election and inauguration. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Maduro's election last year an illegitimate usurpation of power,” and vowed to continue to use the full weight of US economic and diplomatic power” to push for regime change in the Latin American nation.

The US will not recognize the Maduro dictatorship’s illegitimate inauguration. We will continue to increase pressure on the corrupt regime, support the democratic National Assembly, and call for democracy and freedom in Venezuela.

Maduro continues to blame the US for much of his country's ills, and last month accused leaders in Washington of plotting his assassination. In his inauguration speech, Maduro said Venezuela will continue to refuse to bow to the imperial and hegemonic orders” of the United States.

 

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Maduro: Colombia to Blame for Electricity Failure in Venezuela

The Venezuelan leader said during an event that the western states of Venezuela are facing an electricity crisis because of Colombian groups. 

Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan president, accused a Colombian group of the attacks against Venezuelan electric system in the western border state of Zulia.

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"The electric war in Zulia has been ruthless. That comes from Colombia, groups trained in Colombia to attack the electrical system, but the people of Zulia are clear," the Venezuelan president said Wednesday.

Maduro said that his government has responded to the threats and are maintaining the electric service.

"There are groups trained in Colombia to attack the electrical system (...) They are terrorist attacks (...), a guerrilla war, terrorist, against the system," Maduro said during a ceremony celebrating the state's completion of new homes for citizens..

"Anyone who dares invade Venezuela, to touch our sacred territory, will be received by the people with a rifle in hand and will receive an armed force ready to fight and defend our beloved homeland," stressed President Maduro while asking the Venezuelan people to defend the sovereignty and independence of the country.

The western states of Venezuela, particularly Zulia, Tachira, Merida, Trujillo, and Barinas have suffered from long periods of blackouts.

The relationship between Colombia and Venezuela has been affected after Maduro accused the former of supporting the United States in its interventionist policies against Venezuela.

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Venezuela: President Maduro Calls For Unity Against Attacks

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has called upon his people to defend their Motherland against imperialist and interventionist agressions.

President Nicolas Maduro, called upon national unity of Venezuelans to defend peace and the country's independence against possible attacks from other governments of the Americas.

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During the Bolivarian Congress of Peoples held in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, the president urged the "national union to defend peace and independence, defend the right to life, the happiness of the people."

President Maduro also warned about serious events that could occur in Venezuela, "from now on I say people unite and go to the streets, regain power and make a more radical Revolution, it is an order to the people."

El Congreso de los Pueblos tiene tres tareas para el 2019: derrotar a los imperialistas, oligarcas y traidores para lograr la paz, luchar por la recuperación económica, el crecimiento y la prosperidad de Venezuela, y enfrentar la indolencia, el burocratismo y la corrupción.

"The People's Congress has three tasks for 2019: defeat the imperialists, oligarchs and traitors to achieve peace, fight for economic recovery, growth and prosperity of Venezuela, and face indolence, bureaucracy and corruption."

The Venezuelan executive power asked the Venezuelan people and the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) to "be prepared for everything, to defend and guarantee the peace of the country under any circumstances," adding that more than 80 percent of Venezuelans repudiate any foreign intervention.

The head of state reiterated that they do not want President Iván Duque getting involved in the affairs of his country. "(Ivan Duque) can not govern Colombia and wanting to govern Venezuela." Maduro added that either "they are with the foreign cause against Venezuela or they are with the Bolivarian Government that I preside, that the whole world is defined, we are with the country or with the war empire," the president said.

He also said that the Brazilian vice president-elect, Hamilton Mourao, said that in Venezuela there will be a coup d'état and, subsequently, the Brazilian government would send an army to prevail in that nation. "Here I am waiting for you with several million men and women, and with a FANB ready to defend the Constitution, independence and the Revolution, Mourao I'm waiting for you here," told Maduro to Murao.

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Maduro Rejected Invite to Bolsonaro's Inauguration: Arreaza

"Venezuela would never attend the inauguration of President Jair Bolsonaro," Minister Jorge Arreaza said.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro never planned to attend the inauguration of Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted Sunday, tagging the president-elect.

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On Sunday, incoming Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo tweeted that “out of respect for the Venezuelan people, Maduro would not be invited to the auspicious event on January 1 in Brasilia.

“There is no place for Maduro in a celebration of democracy and the triumph of the Brazilian popular will all countries in the world must stop supporting it and join to free Venezuela," Araujo said.

Arreaza responded, attaching both the formal refusal and the official invitation, pointing out that the two documents predated his weekend announcement by a substantial amount.

“Here you can read the two official, diplomatic letters of the Brazilian authorities inciting the Venezuelan government and President Nicola Maduro to assist at the @JairBolsonaro’s inauguration,” Arreaza wrote. The letter was dated Nov. 29.

In a second tweet accompanied by the refusal, Arreaza wrote, “President Nicolas Maduro never considered attending the inauguration of a government like that of Jair Bolsonaro. This is the official signed response that we sent to @ErnestoAraujo through the @ItamaratyGovBr on Dec12.”

Outlined in red, the foreign minister highlighted a passage: "The Socialist, Revolutionary and Free Government of Venezuela would never attend the inauguration of a president that is an expression of intolerance, of fascism and of giving to interests that are contrary to Latin American and Caribbean integration.”

Neither the Brazilian government nor Araujo have yet responded to the minister’s tweet.

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Venezuelan President Maduro Arrives in New York for UN General Assembly

The Venezuelan leader is expected to deliver his General Assembly speech later on Wednesday. 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said via Twitter Wednesday afternoon he was landing in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

"I come to the General Assembly of the United Nations to defend the truth about Venezuela, to bring the voice of our country," the president said on Twitter, in a video from the plane.

Nicolás Maduro @NicolasMaduro Aterrizando en Nueva York para participar en la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas. Traigo la voz de todo mi pueblo, vengo cargado de Pasión Patria para defender la verdad.

He asserted that he arrived in New York "full of passion and truths so that the entire world knows that Venezuela is standing up ... I also come to receive the solidarity of governments and peoples."

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Maduro Calls on UN to Investigate Assassination Attempt

The president requested an international commission to lead an independent investigation into the August assassination attempt.

New developments in the investigation into the assassination attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro were released during a televised presidential address Monday.

RELATED: Venezuela Arrests 3 in Connection to Attack on President Maduro

The president confirmed the arrest of Henryberth Emmanuel Rivas Vivas, alias Morfeo, who was behind the attack on August 4. Morfeo’s was one of 43 implicated in the attempted assault and was arrested with the help of heat-detecting drones, Maduro said.

Police believe another accomplice in the attack is hiding in Spain and the suspect’s extradition will be requested in the near future, the president continued. Testimony gathered from Morfeo Saturday shows that diplomats in Chile, Colombia, and Mexico could be involved.

According Jorge Rodriguez, Minister of Communication, demanded explanations from Colombia, Mexico, and Chile over allegations made in a recorded confession by the Morfeo in Caracas.

"There are governments like the one in Chile that well dirtied in this operation; every time there are more elements, deserters of the Chilean President Sebastián Piñera right government, it becomes more involved and muddied in this operation," said Maduro.

"If they had killed us they would have said 'no Maduro committed suicide given the political crisis', or 'Maduro was killed by the Armed Forces to save the country' and who knows what else they would have said (...) had they succeeded with their bomb,” the Bolivarian leader said.

For that reason, the president requested the United Nations to lead an independent investigation into the evidence and testimonies which have been gathered over the last two months since the perpetrated attack.

"It should be done in the most transparent way possible (...) we ask for an independent commission at the international level, so I am going to request it before the United Nations system, to collaborate with us in order to go to the truth, do justice," he said.

The leaders of the failed attack Henryberth Rivas, aka Morfeo; Angela Lisbeth Esposita, known as "La Perrera;" and a retired colonel, nicknamed "Corocoro," were captured on Sept. 22 by state security agencies, the Minister for Communication and Information of Venezuela Jorge Rodriguez reported Sunday.

The minister said that Venezuela continues to search for two people known as "Pastor" and "Latino."

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Venezuela's Maduro Describes Visit to China as a 'Success'

"It is a golden opportunity that we have today," said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro while commenting on his visit to China.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has described his ongoing official visit to China as a "success" and said he is willing to learn from the Asian country in order to help improve the economic recovery efforts taking place in his country.

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"It is a golden opportunity that we have today. I have great expectations. I am willing to learn to perfect the path that Venezuela has taken and achieve what is most important for the years to come, an economic revolution that will free the productive forces of the country and successfully create real wealth for the general happiness of our people," Maduro said.

He went on to note that the people of Venezuela are in favor of the "economic revolution," however, work must be done to "perfect the plan, perfect the capacity for monitoring, analysis, statistics, driving economic actors and building our own model."

Maduro's statements were made at the start of a meeting with a group of experts from the Investigation Center of the Chinese State Council.

Li Wei, president of the organization, informed the Venezuelan president, about the transformations China has undergone in recent years as well as development projects in the works.

Maduro, for his part, emphasized that Venezuela's Economic Recovery, Growth and Prosperity Program is based on a book authored by former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Chinese economic experts, which was completed and signed on Sept. 14, 2014.

Maduro signed a series of strategic agreements with the Chinese government in areas such as technology, education energy, trade, culture, health on Saturday. The deals were ratified during the inauguration of the Venezuela-China Bilateral Business Forum, a working committee to promote bilateral relations between both countries.

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