US seeks joint effort to ensure Venezuela head ends violence

2017-05-18 08:42
Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Nicolas Maduro salutes after he was appointed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for new Vice-President, replacing Elias Jaua. (Leo Ramirez, AFP)

Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Nicolas Maduro salutes after he was appointed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for new Vice-President, replacing Elias Jaua. (Leo Ramirez, AFP)

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United Nations - US Ambassador Nikki Haley says the US has called for the first-ever Security Council consultations on Venezuela to seek joint efforts to ensure that President Nicolas Maduro ends violence and restores democracy.

She said in a statement ahead of Wednesday's closed-door meeting that Venezuela is "on the verge of humanitarian crisis", with medicine unavailable, hospitals lacking supplies and people facing difficulty finding food.

Haley said "peaceful protesters have been injured, arrested and even killed by their own government".

Britain's UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft warned that if things go wrong, Venezuela could "descend into conflict" and threaten international peace and security.

He called Wednesday's briefing by Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenca a first step in raising awareness in the council, which has been talking about conflict prevention.


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