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Venezuela's Maduro open to EU initiative, Guaido plans aid corridor

IANS  |  Caracas 

Venezuelan slammed the (EU)-backed International Group on Venezuela, but said he would be prepared to meet its representatives, while of state said his supporters were ready to create a humanitarian corridor if the incumbent blocks international aid.

"I'm ready and willing to receive any from the group," Maduro told a press conference on Friday at the presidential palace, though he rejected the "partisan, ideological" lens through which its members view the oil-rich nation, reports news.

The group, which seeks a solution to Venezuela's political and economic crisis through dialogue and new presidential elections, includes Germany, the UK, and France, and a handful of Latin American such as Uruguay, and

participated at the group's inaugural meeting on Thursday in Montevideo, but did not sign a statement calling for new in

Leftist-led also refused to support snap in

The US, Canada, numerous Latin American and the major European powers all consider Maduro's May 2018 re-election victory to be tainted by fraud and have recognised Guaido, the of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, as Interim

Guaido, speaking on Friday at the Central University of in Caracas, said that if Maduro continues to prevent the entry of a shipment of humanitarian aid from the neighbouring Colombia, the opposition would mobilise to create a corridor so the assistance could reach Venezuelans in need.

His pledge followed comments by the US to urging the to allow the aid to enter the country.

Venezuelan armed forces officers and troops have the opportunity to participate in a humanitarian campaign that would help alleviate severe problems in their country, which is suffering from widespread shortages of and medicine and hyperinflation, said in the Colombian border city of

Maduro has thus far used the military to block the aid from entering Venezuela, denying that the country is suffering a humanitarian crisis and saying the delivery of the shipments would be a prelude to a US-led military intervention.

US has imposed severe sanctions on Venezuela's and was the first recognise Guaido as within hours of his January 23 proclamation.

Trump said last month that "all options are on the table" in dealing with Maduro.

Mexican President reiterated on Friday that the only path to a solution of the is dialogue between the government and opposition.

Lopez Obrador, as he has done throughout the current crisis, referred again to the foreign policy principles set out in Mexico's constitution: non-intervention, self-determination of peoples, peaceful settlement of disputes and respect for human rights.

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 09:26 IST
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