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07 February 2019, 12:37 | Vera Richards
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Two tractor trailers remained on the Venezuelan side of the Puente Tienditas border crossing bridge with Colombia in what appears to be an effort to block humanitarian aid from entering the country, according to local reports.
People cross into Venezuela over the Simon Bolivar global bridge in Cucuta, Colombia February 4, 2019.
Many European Union nations and Latin American countries, in addition to the United States, have expressed their support for Guaido, who is the president of the National Assembly, while Russian Federation and China have long backed embattled President NicolasMaduro.
Critics have called last year's disputed presidential vote in which Maduro won re-election a sham, and the mainstream opposition boycotted it.
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At the Group's meeting Monday in Ottawa, Canada, which is a member, pledged $53 million in humanitarian aid to Venezuela. Taking a jibe at the US President, he said: "So we have to go through a war to reconsider our relationship and our respect?"
Meanwhile the Government faces "serious questions" over what it will do to ensure any Venezuelan money illegally tied up in the United Kingdom is returned to the country's people, a former head of the foreign affairs select committee has said.
Portugal-based Novo Banco halted the $1.2 billion transfer of Venezuelan government financial assets to Uruguayan banks, legislator Carlos Paparoni said during a congressional session, a day after Guaido said authorities were trying to move funds.
Despite repeated calls for his resignation, Maduro has refused to step down, contending that he was legally the President of Venezuela.
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The opposition has also sought to prevent the government from selling gold, believing that it is using the proceeds to try to stay solvent as the sanctions cut off other revenue streams.
Backbench Labour MP Chris Williamson has hit out at the UK's response to the Venezuelan crisis for following the lead of US President Trump. She said that humanitarian volunteers would find a way to get the aid into the country regardless.
Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, met Tuesday in Washington with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo and promised coordination on aid.
"Committing such a crime would give even more reason for the unified countries to ask the International Criminal Court to investigate Maduro", Trujillo told reporters after a meeting with the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro.
Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido waves to supporters during a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 2, 2019. Turkey, Russia, China, Iran, Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua, along with other countries, have stood by President Maduro, opposing the undemocratic intervention.
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