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Venezuela: We do not support US-proposed political settlement plan

04/01/2020 - 05:35

The Venezuelan government criticized the plan proposed by the US authorities to resolve the domestic political conflict in the country. Washington believes that it is necessary for Caracas to create an interim government, which would include representatives of the opposition. Head of the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, Jorge Arreaza, called this plan an attempt to intervene in the country's internal affairs.

The US plan was announced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. As planned by Washington, both Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself Acting President in January 2019, should resign. Instead, Venezuela should be governed by a specially created state council, which will include five people. Four of them will be appointed by the opposition-controlled National Assembly. The council will remain in power until a presidential and parliamentary election is held in Venezuela within 6-12 months. As part of this plan, the US also agrees to gradually lift the sanctions imposed by them against Venezuelan officials and the country's oil sector, reports AP. Otherwise, the United States will "continue economic pressure" on Venezuela, Mr. Pompeo wrote on Twitter.

The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry did not support the voiced plan. “Taking into account the pseudo-interventionist proposal of the US State Department to create a government controlled by it in our country, the Bolivarian Republic reiterates that Venezuela will never accept any guardianship from any foreign government,” Head of the Ministry said on Twitter.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido, however, endorsed the US initiative. “I contacted Secretary of State Pompeo to thank the United States for supporting the creation of a transitional government and a state council to resolve the crisis,” the politician wrote on Twitter.