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  • "We need a peaceful political and democratic and Venezuelan-owned resolution," said Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini (pictured above)

    "We need a peaceful political and democratic and Venezuelan-owned resolution," said Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini (pictured above) | Photo: Reuters

Published 25 February 2019

"It is very clear: we must avoid military intervention," said Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

The European Union is urging the world to abandon a “militarized intervention” into Venezuela, calling for dialogue to develop a “peaceful, political, and democratic” solution to the nation’s domestic political differences.

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"What is explicitly quite clear, from our perspective, is that we need a peaceful political and democratic and Venezuelan-owned resolution which obviously excludes the use of force,” said Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

During a meeting with the Lima Group and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Bogota, Juan Guaido, the self-declared interim president who emerged after an attempted coup in Venezuela on Jan. 23, said he was in favor of maintaining "all options open “leave all options open,” including a militarized intervention.

"The position of the EU has been established in this context, it is very clear: we must avoid military intervention," Kocijancic said.

In an interview with EFE, Sunday, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said,”We have warned quite clearly that we will not support and we will firmly condemn any foreign military intervention."

Venezuela’s border attracted copious amounts of attention this weekend, after Guaido revealed his intention to receive the controversial so-called humanitarian aid from the United States via Colombia and Brazil.

Instead, the weekend saw opposition forces leading violent escapades, commandeering Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) tanks, and attacked innocent bystanders gathered at Simon Bolivar-Venezuela border bridge.

Colombian forces looked the other way as violent Venezuelan opposition protesters, or ‘Guarimberos’, threw homemade Molotov cocktails at Venezuela’s National Guard and ran over two women in the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) vehicles.

In a statement Sunday, Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Rodriguez, revealed that the perpetrators are in custody and investigators believe that the attack may have been premeditated.


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