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    Bolivia's President Evo Morales speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in La Paz, Bolivia, July 26, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 27 July 2017

The Bolivian president has warned that interference by Washington could lead to an armed conflict.

Bolivia's President Evo Morales says that a U.S. intervention in Venezuela will be the responsibility of the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro.

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"Almagro is crazy. He just wants to overthrow and sanction the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The intervention from the U.S. government in Venezuela will be his responsibility," Morales wrote on his Twitter account.

On Wednesday, the OAS again tried to intervene in the internal affairs of Venezuela, but failed to get enough countries to back a censure of the Bolivarian country. Only 13 nations signed a non-binding letter calling on the Maduro government to suspend the process of the National Constituent Assembly, which is set to elect its members on July 30.

Nearly 20 million Venezuelans are expected to choose from 6,120 candidates representing diverse sectors and territories of society for the 545-member assembly.

The United States also sanctioned 13 Venezuelan senior officials and former officials for alleged human rights abuses and corruption, in order to pressure the Venezuelan president to suspend the election.

Morales said that "the sanction of Venezuelan brothers is an intrusion, the next step is intervention, it is unacceptable and condemnable."

“I am sure that Bolivarian and Chavez will resist the intervention of the U.S. government that could lead to an armed conflict,” he added.

Caracas has repeatedly accused the OAS and Almagro of promoting intervention and destabilization in Venezuela. Since April, opposition-led protests aimed at toppling the Bolivarian government have resulted in over 100 deaths.

Maduro’s government called for a National Constituent Assembly in an effort to ease current political tensions and bring about peace, but most of the opposition has rejected the call.

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On July 17, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Venezuela by stating, "If the Maduro regime imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30, the United States will take strong and swift economic actions."

In an interview with RT Spanish Wednesday, Maduro demanded that Trump stop intervening in the internal affairs of the South American nation.

“As a president, I appeal to him, to President Donald Trump: Stop the aggression towards Venezuela. Venezuela is a fundamental basis of stability in the whole Caribbean Basin,” Maduro said, adding that he hopes his words do not fall on deaf ears.

“Think well, U.S. strategists, Venezuela wants to live in peace, it wants to live quietly. Stop your aggression,” Maduro said.


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