U.S. Vice President Pence Demands Ouster Of Venezuela President Maduro At U.N. Security Council Meeting; U.N. Humanitarian Chief Calls For Separation Of Politics, Aid

Associated Press: Pence says U.S. wants Maduro out and ‘all options’ on table
“U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the Security Council on Wednesday the Trump administration is determined to remove President Nicolás Maduro from power in Venezuela, preferably through diplomatic and economic pressure, but ‘all options are on the table’ — and Russia and others need to step aside. … The United States called the emergency meeting of the U.N.’s most powerful body, which is deeply divided over Venezuela, to focus on the worsening humanitarian situation in the South American country. But as with previous meetings, this one was dominated by U.S. efforts to oust Maduro and replace him with Juan Guaidó, head of the country’s opposition-controlled National Assembly…” (Lederer, 4/10).

New York Times: ‘You Shouldn’t Be Here’: U.S. Pushes U.N. to Pull Venezuela Envoy’s Credentials
“…Mark Lowcock, an under secretary for humanitarian affairs, told the Security Council that a recent draft overview of the situation by the United Nations indicated that around 1.9 million people require nutritional assistance because of worsening food availability, including 1.3 million children under 5. Additionally, Mr. Lowcock said, tuberculosis, diphtheria, measles, malaria, and other preventable diseases have resurfaced in Venezuela. Food shortages also remain a main factor in driving people out of the country: Surveys show that 80 percent of Venezuelan households struggle with finding enough food, United Nations officials said. ‘In Venezuela, there is a need to separate political and humanitarian objectives,’ Mr. Lowcock said. ‘Humanitarian assistance must be delivered on the basis of need alone’…” (Rogers, 4/10).

Additional coverage of the U.N. Security Council meeting and humanitarian efforts in Venezuela is available from Bloomberg, Reuters, U.N. News, UPI, and Washington Post.

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