CARACAS, VENEZUELA – On Sunday, the U.S.-backed and self-declared “interim president” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, declared that he would talk to the Lima Group on Monday to “formally propose” keeping “all options open” for the “liberation” of Venezuela.
The Lima Group, consists of the U.S. and its allies and client states in the Americas, have all acknowledged Guaidó as the “legitimate” leader of Venezuela.
The probability that Guaidó would utilize this meeting to request U.S.-backed military intervention in Venezuela, a long-time aspiration of the Trump administration, increased significantly after the vice president of the Venezuelan government led by Nicolás Maduro, Delcy Rodríguez, declared that the government had legitimate information that Monday’s Lima Group meeting would approve “an international coalition” to occupy Venezuela in an effort to topple Maduro and his Chavista government.
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We’ve learned that there are some people not affiliated w/ @cruzrojacol & @CruzRojaVe wearing Red Cross emblems at Colombia-#Venezuela & Brazil-Ven border.
We urge them to stop doing this. They might mean well but they risk jeopardizing our neutrality, impartiality & independence
— IFRC Intl. Federation #RedCross #RedCrescent (@Federation) February 23, 2019
— Robin Purcell (@RobinKPurcell) February 23, 2019
The Lima Group meeting is also probably gonna result in the imposition of new sanctions targeting Venezuela, based on recent statements made by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Para avanzar en nuestra ruta, me reuniré el día lunes con nuestros aliados de la comunidad internacional, y seguiremos ordenando próximas acciones a lo interno del país. La presión interna y externa son fundamentales para la liberación.
¡La esperanza nació para no morir!
— Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) February 24, 2019
Some members of the Lima Group, nevertheless, have already declared that they are reluctant to endorse a military response to the Venezuelan problems.
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On Monday, Peru’s Vice Foreign Minister Hugo de Zela Martínez explained at the beginning of the Lima Group conference that “the use of force, in any of its forms, is unacceptable” and that “the use of force is not a solution for what’s happening in Venezuela.”
Martínez further declared that Peru and other members of the bloc were still pushing for a negotiated option to the problems and would take into account only further diplomatic or economic actions to increase pressure on the Maduro-led government.
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In the long run, the resolution of the crisis – based on Martínez – will come only if Maduro steps down and “free, fair and just elections” follow.
The European Union also echoed Martínez’s comments on Monday, mentioning that military intervention in Venezuela “must be avoided.”
Such resistance from the Lima Group might have been unexpected from the United States, given the bloc’s willingness to support Guaidó after he swore himself in last month in a move that stunned and alienated many of his political allies within the Venezuelan opposition.
Given new statements from Guaidó and top U.S. officials – as well as the recent death threat towards Maduro voiced by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) via Twitter – it appears that if the U.S. is driven to employ military means to topple Maduro, it will possibly have to do so unilaterally or clandestinely.
Subsequent the Monday meeting between Guaidó and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, military intervention was purportedly not talked about by the pair and Pence avowed the U.S.’ commitment to Guaidó’s parallel government and his push for “freedom” in Venezuela.
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