Donald Trump made his UN debut on Monday with a view to the political crisis in Venezuela and agreed with a group of Latin American leaders to increase the pressure on his government to guarantee democratic elections in 2018.
” The Venezuelan people are dying of hunger, their country is collapsing,” Trump said on the first day of an intense week of diplomatic debates at the UN, during a meeting with the presidents of Brazil, Colombia, Panama and the Argentine vice president in a luxurious Manhattan hotel.
In the opinion of all participants of the dinner a democratic solution is needed in Venezuela
“Their democratic institutions are being destroyed, ” he said. ” Our goal should be to help them and restore their democracy . “
Participants at the dinner agreed ” the coordination of actions to ensure respect for the will of the people of Venezuela, and that in 2018 there will be democratic elections and respect for popular will ,” Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela told reporters after Dinner.
“In the opinion of all participants of the dinner, a democratic solution is needed in Venezuela ,” Fear told reporters at the end of the dinner at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in Manhattan.
The idea is to increase the actions of Latin American and Caribbean countries ” to press for a democratic solution, but a diplomatic pressure ,” he said.
Argentina has been very firm since the beginning of our government with the condemnation of the violation of human rights, the lack of free elections and the lack of transparency in the Venezuelan government
Asked if specific sanctions were being discussed, Temer said that sanctions were spoken, but “verbal, diplomatic, democratic words.”
He also said that the Colombian president raised at the dinner the concern of Venezuelan refugees , of which Brazil has welcomed more than 30,000 in recent years. Panama and Colombia also have thousands of refugees from Venezuela.
” Argentina has been very firm since the beginning of our government with the condemnation of the violation of human rights, the lack of free elections and the lack of transparency in the Venezuelan government, ” said Michetti . meeting, to which accompanied accompanied by the chancellor Jorge Faurie.
Trump said that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro “has defied his own country” and is guilty of “a disastrous government,” which may require new sanctions against Caracas.
Washington has already imposed sanctions on Venezuela and on August 11 it warned that the United States contemplated a range of actions against Caracas, ” including a possible military option if necessary.”
Trump did not repeat that warning Monday, but said the United States was prepared for further action , without giving further details.
After violent protests against Maduro that left more than 140 dead between April and July , the government and the opposition began a few days ago contacts in the Dominican Republic to lay the groundwork for a negotiation.
The opposition claims guarantees that there will be presidential elections by the end of 2018, as mandated by law, and the release of nearly 600 opponents arrested.
The countries invited to dinner by Trump are part of the Lima Group, formed by 12 Latin American nations that in August condemned the breakdown of democratic order in Venezuela and refuse to recognize the Constituent Assembly promoted by Maduro