Venezuelan foreign minister calls for Maduro-Trump summit

Ciudadnos venezolanos discuten con guardias en el puente Simon Bolivar entre Colombia y Venezuela

According to DiCarlo, on February 23 the Venezuelan authorities blocked entry of trucks which led by Juan Guaido, head of the Venezuelan National Assembly, on borders with Brazil and Colombia.

Several Latin American, European and other diplomats also joined Wood's walkout.

The proposed resolution, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, also expresses "deep concern" at "the violence and excessive use of force by Venezuelan security forces against unarmed, peaceful protesters" and "recent attempts to block the delivery of humanitarian aid".

Guaido met U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at a Lima Group meeting with regional allies in Bogota on Monday, after which he said he would return home this week, despite having received threats.

Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country's Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country's capital of Caracas on January 23.

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

For weeks, the US and regional allies had been amassing emergency food and medical kits on Venezuela's borders in anticipation of carrying out a "humanitarian avalanche" by land and sea to undermine Maduro's rule.

The United States, however, has increased reconnaissance flights off Venezuela, a USA official told AFP, while saying that all have been in worldwide air space.

The clashes began after Venezuelan troops blocked USA aid convoys - which Maduro sees as an attempt to undermine his government - from entering the country.

"Everything that the United States government has done has been doomed to failure", Maduro said.

Moscow and Washington have been circulating rival resolutions on the Venezuelan crisis to a divided Security Council.

Abrams said that for Venezuela, "the solution to the humanitarian situation is to get a government that works for rather than against the people of Venezuela". He added that the USA "wants Venezuela's oil" and is "willing to go to war for that oil".

Earlier at the Geneva forum, an aide to Colombian President Ivan Duque called for action to end Venezuela's humanitarian crisis and bring about a political transition leading to free elections. It's a path of a coup d'etat, of an intervention-that is not of the 21st century-I say to you, rectify.

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