at The end of his Latin America trip, U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo has made an emotional appeal to the Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro.
“Mr. Maduro, is to open the bridge, open the border,” he said on Sunday in the Colombian border town of Cúcuta, where tons of relief goods for the needy Venezuelan population camps. “You can end this today.” So far, Maduro is refusing to allow supplies into the country.
Previously, had spoken Pompeo with Venezuelan refugees who had to leave due to the dramatic supply situation in your home. Currently, 3.4 million Venezuelans are already living abroad – or about ten percent of the total populations of the South American country. The United Nations expect that they will increase the number of refugees up to the end of the year to 5.3 million.
Pompeo tells the story of the Venezuelan mother, Geraldine, who always has to cross the border again, in order to obtain in Colombia, the bare necessities for their children. “You coming in to buy diapers,” said the chief diplomat. “In any normal country under normal circumstances, but in Venezuela, you will not find any more.”
The once-rich country, suffers from a severe economic crisis. Due to the lack of foreign exchange, Venezuela can import hardly any food and things of daily needs. The health system has largely collapsed. Recently, the power went out again and again for days. In addition, the head of state, Maduro and the self-appointed interim President, Juan Guaidó supply since January a fierce battle.
“Colombia and the United States want a better future for the Venezuelans,” said U.S. Secretary of state Pompeo after a visit to the Department stores with the goods for Venezuela. Colombia’s President Iván Duque appealed directly to the neighbors: “We are on your side, to bring the dictatorship.”
On the other side of the border, the Venezuelan government held The high-ranking official Freddy Bernal showed up with soldiers and members of the Colectivos – government near-thugs – at the International bridge Simón Bolívar. “A few meters from there, Mike Pompeo is over there,” said Bernal. “He came to intimidate us and to grant to his servant, Iván Duque commands. But here we are, in civil-military unit, with the Colectivos.”
Pompeo had traveled in the past few days by the Region, to discuss in the light of the still “don’t know” makes of which fight in Venezuela with allies in the Region, the further procedure. “Peru knows the pain of Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan people has brought, from his own experience,” said Pompeo on Saturday during a Meeting with his colleagues Néstor Popolizio in Lima. “Peru has demonstrated in the face of this challenge, great leadership.”
The South American country has recorded more than 700 000 refugees from Venezuela and is considered to be a driving force against the socialist government of Maduro in the Region. On Monday wants to meet the so-called Lima-group from a number of Latin American States in order to agree on further steps against Maduro.
“must enter The illegitimate government of the dictator Nicolás Maduro,” said Peru’s Minister of foreign Affairs Popolizio. “Together with other countries, we are working to increase the international pressure to isolate the illegitimate government of Maduro, so there’ll soon be a change in Venezuela.”
Before his visit to Peru Pompeo campaigned already in Chile and Paraguay for the US course against the government in Caracas. Washington is one of the closest allies of Opposition to the self-appointed interim President Guaidó.
On the phone Pompeo also spoke with the Brazilian foreign Minister, Ernesto Araujo. You would have to settle agreed to work together, the political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, said a spokesman for the US state Department.